Two-Cheese Ziti Recipe
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Two-Cheese Ziti Recipe

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“My grandkids really like this rich, buttery macaroni and cheese," says Flo Burtnett of Gage, Oklahoma. "And adults go for the home-style breadcrumb topping and creamy, comforting flavor. It doesn't taste light at all!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked ziti or small tube pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-3/4 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 340 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 590mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein Diabetic Exchanges:3 starch, 1 lean meat 1 fat


  1. Cook ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheeses until melted.
  2. Drain ziti; add to sauce and stir to coat. Transfer to a shallow 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs and butter; stir in cheeses. Sprinkle over ziti. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and topping is lightly browned. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Two-Cheese Ziti in Light & Tasty December/January 2008, p23

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016 Edited Apr. 4, 2016

"Eh, I thought it was ok. I thought like some of the other reviews that it was lacking in flavor a little bit. Adding some more cheese and different varieties might help."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2013

"I was hoping for more flavor, maybe another zestier cheese would help, but overall it was tastier than the easy mac n' cheese."

Reviewed May. 8, 2012

"I added a 4 cheese combo and some green onion really good. Family liked it."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2012

"Very tasty pasta dish but I added more cheese for a bit more wanted flavor!"

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"I have taken this to a family reunion and was asked by many for the recipe! I think this is absolutely yummy!!"

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