This dish is for ziti noodles, but you can substitute with any short noodle. Macaroni is always available at Aldi and penne is available as a special purchase some weeks. Whatever pasta you do end up using, make sure to undercook the noodles so that it doesn’t become mushy when it is baked.
Classic Baked Ziti (Serves Eight)
1 pound short pasta (ziti, penne, or elbow macaroni)
1 jar of plain spaghetti sauce
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Brown the ground turkey in a skillet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasonings. Drain fat from turkey. Dump in the jar of spaghetti sauce and 1 cup of chicken broth. Allow this to simmer while you cook the noodles. Cook noodles until al dente (make sure there is still a good bite to the noodle). Stir one cup of sauce into the drained noodles. Add 1/2 cup of sauce to the bottom of a 9×13″ dish and then pour in 1/2 of the noodles. Top these noodles with half the cheese. Repeat these steps with the remainder of the ingredients. Bake for twenty minutes covered and then remove foil and bake another ten minutes.
Serve with Texas Toast.