Yes, I know what you’re thinking: how can the words baked ziti and diet go together?! Well, surprise! For those of you who have had enough of the rich, typical Chanukah fare, yet still want that yummy ziti taste, this one’s the answer!
In a large pot, cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and return to pot; do not rinse.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
Place cottage cheese in a small bowl and blend with a hand blender until smooth; add to ziti.
Add remaining ingredients and half of the shredded cheese. Mix over low heat until well-combined and cheese begins to melt.
Spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray and pour ziti mixture into pan. Smooth surface. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
Cover pan with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until cheese begins to turn golden, approximately an additional 15 minutes.
Photography: Moshe Wulliger.
Food Styling: Renee Muller.