Cheesy Baked Ziti

Serves 8

1 pound Ziti, Rigatoni, Mostaccioli or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5-oz. can low-sodium diced tomatoes, drained
1 15-oz. container low-fat ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1 tbsp. dried)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside in large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

Spray a non-stick skillet with vegetable oil cooking spray. Heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes.

Place ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, 2 tbsp. of the Parmesan cheese and milk in a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

Add the tomato and cheese mixtures, parsley, basil and pepper to the cooked pasta. Toss well to combine.

Spray a 2 1/2 to 3 quart (an 8 or 9 x 12-inch oblong dish works well) baking dish with vegetable spray. Spoon the pasta mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheeses.

Bake at 400° F for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.