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4.25 from 4 votes

Three Cheese Ziti with Turkey

This creamy baked Italian dish is a budget-friendly family meal that will make even the pickiest eaters happy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Diabetic-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Pasta
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 289kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey optional, if you prefer meatless
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 24 ounce marinara jar - no sugar added
  • 4 cups ziti or penne shells, cooked (cook according to package, about 2-1/2 cups dry shells)
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese fat free
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese low fat
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, low fat
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano


  • In a large skillet add ground turkey, diced onion, minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up meat as you go, cook until turkey has lost its pink color. Drain any fat from turkey and add the entire jar of marinara sauce, stir.
  • Cook ziti or penne shells according to the package instructions, al dente is preferred (firm but not hard). Drain and add to cooked turkey and marinara.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine cottage cheese, mozzarella, ricotta and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and oregano.
  • In a large casserole dish or 9" x 13" pan, add 1/2 turkey mixture (cooked turkey, marinara and cooked shells), top with half cheese mixture, repeat.
  • Cook uncovered for approximately 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 228mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8