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Quick Cajun Ziti Skillet

Quick Cajun Ziti Skillet

Cajun seasoning will bring a little Louisiana flair to your everyday dinner. Try this easy ziti skillet for a comforting dinner that’s big on flavor. Serve with Louisiana-style hot sauce for added Cajun flavor.


  • 4 ounces ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning
  • 2 cups sodium-reduced crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta for 6 to 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in large, ovenproof skillet set over medium heat; cook beef for 5 to 8 minutes or until browned.
  4. Add onion, red pepper, garlic, celery and Cajun seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Stir in crushed tomatoes, cooked pasta and reserved pasta water; toss well.
  6. Sprinkle with Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheese; transfer to oven and bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley.

4 servings | Total Time 45 min

Calories 360 kcal

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): National Pasta Association

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