Pepperoni Baked Ziti
IntroductionMy mom's simple Baked Ziti recipe, with mini pepperonis thrown in for added flavor and protein, as well as some seasoning. My mom's simple Baked Ziti recipe, with mini pepperonis thrown in for added flavor and protein, as well as some seasoning.
~ 2 cups COOKED Pasta (My mom always uses Penne, but really any kind will do. The type of pasta you use will determine how much DRY pasta is equal to 2 cups COOKED pasta. I recommend using whole wheat pasta.)
~ 1.5-2 cups Pasta Sauce (Again, you can use whatever red kind you like. You can cut down on the sodium in this recipe by making it yourself!)
~ 1.5-2 cups Mozzarella Cheese (I recommend cheese made with 2% milk to cut calories.)
~ 2 oz Mini Pepperonis
~ Seasoning to Taste (I use black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.)
This is not the healthiest recipe, but if you eat ONE serving, it isn't awful. The nutrition information was calculated using whole wheat penne pasta, store-bought pasta sauce, and cheese made with 2% milk.
This recipe is VERY easily adapted. You can easily cut the calories and fat (and sodium!) by making your own pasta sauce, using less cheese and/or turkey pepperoni (or no pepperoni at all), replacing half the pasta with veggies, etc.
~ Mix cooked pasta with pasta sauce, 1 cup cheese, pepperonis, and seasoning.
~ Put mixture in a casserole dish and sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
~ Bake until cheese starts to brown.
Serving Size: Makes 3 generous servings (It's more filling than it looks at first glance, I promise!)