Fitness · Recipies

Baked Ziti, or Penne, or Both??

As you can see from the photo of my weekly menu, I was going to make baked ziti tonight. However, when I went grocery shopping I couldn’t find any whole wheat ziti. All I could find was whole wheat penne, but since the only difference in the pasta is the shape, it really doesn’t matter what kind you use!

For this dish I used a recipe for Grandma’s Tomato Sauce found in the Fixate cookbook.  

I love this cookbook! I use recipes in it at least once a week. The tomato sauce recipe is so delish! I use it for all my pasta dishes, as well as for my pizza sauce on Fridays. You can find the book for purchase here. It’s so worth the investment. 

Now, back to the food! 

1 lb. ground sweet Italian sausage

1 medium onion diced

3 mushrooms chopped

1 bunch of asparagus cut

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tsp basil 

tsp oregano

1 recipe for grandmas tomato sauce 

1 pkg dry whole wheat ziti or penne pasta cooked to package directions 

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 

Salt and pepper to taste

Brown the sausage and set aside

Sauté the asparagus, onion, and mushrooms with the spices and garlic in a little evoo. In a baking dish combine the sausage, veggies, and pasta. Mix in the tomato sauce to evenly cost. Top with the cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or till bubbly and cheese is melted. 

One of the things I love about this recipe is it’s versatility. The veggies I used because I had them on hand. You could easily use spinach, zucchini, olives, or any other vegetables you have readily available. 

I also like that I can make more than one dish with the ingredients used in this meal. For example, on Friday when we have personal pizzas, I’ll use the remaining cheese, the rest of the tomato sauce, mushrooms, and sausage that I set aside while cooking tonight. This helps so much with our grocery budget! 


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