Vegetarian Baked Ziti


  • 4 oz pasta such as Penne, Rotini etc.
  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1, 10 oz pack frozen mixed vegetables
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 ¾ cups pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • About 1 cup or more mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese for sprinkling


  • Cook pasta and drain.  Set aside
  • Add pasta saucepan and ricotta cheese to a saucepan and cook on medium heat until ricotta cheese is melted and sauce start bubbling.
  • Set aside
  • Pre heat oven to 400F
  • Add oil to a skillet and when hot add onion and sauté until soft
  • Add garlic and sauté for another minute or two
  • Now add cumin and fry until fragrant.
  • Thaw vegetables and add to the skillet and cook until all the water is absorbed and the vegetables are soft.  Add chili powder
  • Now add the cooked sauce to the vegetables and mix well.
  • Add cooked pasta to the vegetables and mix thoroughly
  • Transfer to a oven proof dish and sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes or the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly
  • Let cool and when serving sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese
  • Serves: about 2 – 3 as a main dish

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