Ziti with Meat Sauce

Pasta is a classic comfort food made healthier by adding fresh veggies. It also freezes well for a quick meal on a busy day.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6
Calories 380 kcal


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 2 cans (10-ounces) reduced fat and reduced sodium condensed tomato soup
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 8 ounces dried ziti pasta
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil (or 2 teaspoons dried basil)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • Scrub carrots and shred, using large holes on grater.
  • In a large pot, cook ground beef and shredded carrot over medium heat until meat is brown.
  • Drain off fat. Stir in tomato soup, water, uncooked ziti, dried basil (if using) onion powder and garlic powder into meat mixture in pot.
  • Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until ziti is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in fresh basil (if using) and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan cheese.


Smart Shopping Tips
  • Fresh herbs can cost a pretty penny from the produce section of a grocery store. Experiment with growing your own. They’re easy and most can be grown in pots all year long.
  • Fresh herbs should be added at the end of cooking time, while dried herbs are added at the beginning.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Use lean ground chicken or turkey instead of beef.
  • Make it a vegetarian dish by replacing the meat with white pinto beans or garbanzo beans. Add beans after the ziti has cooked 10 minutes.
  • Instead of ziti pasta you can use whole grain penne pasta.
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