Cheesy Baked Ziti Bolognese

As the cooler weather approaches, I totally crave warm comfort foods.  Baked ziti bolognese has always been a family favorite-that delicious combination of pasta, cheese and ground turkey is so satisfying.  To take it up a notch, I used Banza chickpea pasta ziti which boosts the protein and fiber of this dish!  My older son isn’t a fan of any sauce with meat, so I make him a meatless marinara sauce and he eats a full bowl full of Banza pasta (it’s honestly his favorite pasta!).  With 5 main ingredients plus Banza ziti, this recipe couldn’t be any easier!  Give it a try and I promise you will love every bite!

  • 1 box Banza ziti
  • 3/4 lb ground turkey (I used a mix of dark and white)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 28 oz canned Italian crushed tomatoes (I used San Marzano)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. First, you need to make your bolognese sauce. Set a large sauté pan over medium

heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Season the ground turkey and brown for about 5-7 minutes.

  1. Add in the garlic and onion and sauté for another few minutes.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. As the bolognese simmers, cook the Banza pasta in boiling water with a bit of olive oil (which I always use to prevent pasta clumping) until just al dente (about 8 minutes and be sure to cool a piece and do a taste test to be sure). Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Return the pasta to the pot and mix together with the bolognese sauce. Add in 1/2 of the mozzarella and mix well.
  5. Pour into a large baking dish and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella.  Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese begins to brown and bubble. Serve immediately.

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