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Smart-Choice Creamy Baked Ziti

Smart-Choice Creamy Baked Ziti recipe
photo by:kraft
This creamy, cheesy baked ziti calls for lower-fat versions of sour cream and mozzarella—but no one will know if you don't tell them!
time
prep:
25 min
total:
45 min
servings
total:
8 servings, 1 cup each

What You Need

4
cups  ziti pasta, uncooked
1
jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce
1
can  (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
6
oz.  (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, cubed
3/4
cup  BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
1
pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
1/3
cup  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make It

HEAT oven to 375ºF.

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt. Remove from pan; drain. Meanwhile, cook marinara sauce, tomatoes and Neufchatel in same pan on medium heat 5 min. or until Neufchatel is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.

TOSS pasta with sauce; spread half onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with layers of sour cream, 1 cup mozzarella and remaining pasta mixture; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan.

BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Small Changes Add Up
Small ingredient changes, such as PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream, and KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, result in a savings of 40 calories and 5g of total fat, including 3g of saturated fat, per serving when compared to a traditional recipe.
Serving Suggestion
Serve with smart sides, such as a hot steamed fresh vegetable and a crisp mixed green salad tossed with your favorite KRAFT Lite Dressing.
Make Ahead
The delicious pasta dish can be assembled ahead of time. Refrigerate up to 8 hours before baking as directed, increasing the baking time to 30 to 35 min. or until casserole is heated through.
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