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Baked Ziti

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 8 ingredients

Our founder Ann Ogden Gaffney didn’t grow up eating baked ziti. In her words “Baked ziti was a revelation when I came to the US. We never ate pasta like this at home. How could...


  • 12 kale leaves, stems discarded
  • 8 ounces whole wheat ziti, penne, or rigatoni
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into ¼-inch dice
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups marinara sauce or Quick Tomato Sauce
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Nutrition Facts


450 cals


24 g

Saturated Fat

11 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

3 g

Monounsaturated Fat

8 g


32 g


6 g


4 g


27 g


1307 mg


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Drop in the kale leaves, cook for 3 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon and run under cold water, squeeze out the water and roughly chop. Place into a large bowl.
  3. Bring the water back up to a boil and cook the pasta 3 minutes less than package instructions. Drain and toss with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and transfer to the large bowl with kale.
  4. Meanwhile, in a skillet heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add the chicken sausage and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until well browned. Place on a cutting board, and cut into ½-inch dice. Add to the pasta mixture.
  5. Toss the pasta, kale, and sausage with fresh mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and Quick Tomato Sauce. Taste for salt, then pour into a 9- by 12-inch baking tray. Bake for 30 minutes covered with foil, then another 5 to 10 uncovered or until well browned. Serve.

Chef Tips

If you’re vegetarian, just leave out the sausage!

If you’re gluten free, sub the rigatoni out for some gluten-free penne.

Registered Dietitian Approved

Our recipes, articles, and videos are reviewed by our oncology-trained dietitians to ensure that each is backed with scientific evidence and follows the guidelines set by the Oncology Nutrition for Clinical Practice, 2nd Ed., published by the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, a professional interest group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Institute for Cancer Research and the American Cancer Society

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