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    We know ricotta is a traditional addition to baked ziti, but it has a tendency to get dry and grainy when baked. Our update uses a creamy Parmesan béchamel, in addition to a tangy tomato sauce, which together make for a super flavorful finished dish—that won’t dry out in the oven.

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 21/4 cups whole milk, slightly warmed
    • 21/2 cups grated Parmesan, divided
    • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 ounce pancetta (Italian bacon), finely chopped
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 28-oz. can plus 1 14-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 1 pound ziti, penne, or rigatoni
    • 1 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2" pieces

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 6
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1172 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 64 g 98.51%
    • Saturated Fat: 31 g 152.79%
    • Trans Fat: 1 g %
    • Cholesterol: 163 mg 54.31%
    • Sodium: 2849 mg 118.69%
    • Calcium: 1662 mg 166.18%
    • Potassium: 651 mg 18.59%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 20.23%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 91 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 g 13.2%
    • Sugar: 13 g
    • Protein: 59 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 3 g
    • Vitamin A 37.06%
    • Vitamin C 49.91%
    • Vitamin D 7.54%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat9
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk1
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables6
    • Exchange - Lean Meat6
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total2 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total1 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy5 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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