Beth Warren Nutrition Blog

Whole Wheat Baked Ziti

April 17, 2018

To all the (whole wheat) pasta lovers out there, I can not wait to share this recipe with you! Many people would think pasta is unhealthy but just wait and see how many benefits is actually contains. For starters, whole wheat pasta is a great alternative. I know the brown color of the pasta is not so inviting but it's made from flour that contains the whole entire grain kernel, hence “whole wheat”. Whereas regular pasta doesn’t. Whole wheat contains nutrients, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. I would like to focus here on fiber. Fiber is so important to incorporate in our daily diet and I’ll tell you why. Fiber aids in weight management, helps lower blood sugar, and encourages regular bal movements. The magic of fiber is that it helps us feel full and satisfied! Summer is around the corner, and I know everyone is out there thinking of their summer bodies. But, that doesn’t mean you need to cut out foods such as carbs (of course always being mindful of our portions). Mindful eating will help you maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle as we transition from sweater weather to summer attire.

Whole Wheat Baked Ziti

Ingredients

1 pack Bionaturae whole wheat Rigatoni noodles

8 ounce can tomatoe sauce

3 gloves glarlic, crushed

1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp basil

1 tsp oregano

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 bag cheese (8 ounces)

Instructions

Cook pasta

Sauté oil and garlic in a large sauce pan 

Add tomatoe sauce, stir to thicken 

Add spices, stir

Turn off fire and let sauce mixture sit for 3 minutes 

Sprinkle in cheese figure 8 style and whisk until cheese is fully melted

Pour cooked noodles into sauce 

Toss to coat 

Transfer into a Pyrex 

Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes

Optional cheese before serving for extra calories ;)

Optional red pepper flakes for a spicy kick

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