When you're getting started on the Low FODMAP Diet, it can be frustrating trying new recipes every day. That's why it's a great idea to build a library of awesome meals you can pull from regularly. This low FODMAP baked ziti is a great basic pasta recipe. Rich and savory, it will have a standing invitation at your dinner table.
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This was one of the first recipes I Franken-FODMAPed and it's still one of my favourites. I'm in love with the deep, savoury flavour and who can say no to pasta and cheese? If you're also a fan of comfort food, you're going to want to give this a try for sure.
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Keep It FODMAP Friendly
This hearty low FODMAP baked ziti will warm up your insides in no time. Check out the notes below for tips on keeping this recipe FODMAP friendly.
First, if you're in the elimination phase of the diet, you need use gluten-free pasta. According to Monash University, gluten-free pasta is safe in servings of 1 cup. You need to watch your pasta portion size with this dish, as servings of 1.5 cups or more are high in fructans.
Remember, unless you have celiac disease, you're avoiding the FODMAP fructan in wheat, not the gluten itself.
This recipe also uses sour cream. Sour cream is high in lactose, so you'll need to find a lactose-free product. For my Canadian peeps, PC and Gay Lea both have lactose-free lines.
We also use mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Hard cheeses like these are low in lactose because bacteria break it down during the fermentation process. This means hard cheeses are safe in small portions during the elimination phase.
According to the Monash app, both mozzarella and parmesan are safe in servings of 1/2 a cup per sitting. This recipe calls for 1/3 cup of grated parmesan. This works out to 0.8 tbsp per serving, which is well within the recommended serving size.
The recipe also uses 1 cup of mozzarella. This works out to 2.5 tbsp of mozzarella per serving. This is within the recommended serving size as well.
Our final ingredient is tomato puree. According to the Monash app, canned tomato puree is safe in servings of 1/2 a cup. This recipe uses 2.5 cups. This works out to 1/4 cup per serving, which is within the suggested range.
Whose Side Are You On?
Because this meal is pretty heavy, I normally choose a light veggie side. My husband likes his baked ziti with a basic garden salad. I prefer steamed green beans or oven-roasted peppers, bok choy, and zucchini for a little variety.
Make sure to watch your food volume when picking your sides. Because your main dish is limited to 1 cup of pasta, you may overcompensate with greenery. However, eating too much food in one sitting can also trigger symptoms. This dish is quite filling, so, odds are, you won't be left hungry.
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Low FODMAP Baked Ziti
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 6 people 1x
Simple and savory, this low FODMAP baked ziti will satisfy any comfort food craving. Ready in under an hour, this gluten-free/FODMAP friendly pasta dish will be a family favourite in no time.
- 1 pkg gluten-free ziti
- 2 tbsp low FODMAP garlic-infused oil
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 2.5 cups tomato puree
- 1 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 1 cup lactose-free sour cream
- 1/3 cup parmesan, grated (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta as per instructions and drain. Set aside to cool.
- Brown ground beef in garlic infused olive oil until cooked through. Add cayenne pepper, chili powder, and salt/pepper. Stir well and set aside.
- Grease a 9 x 13″ baking dish and place ingredients as follows: 1/2 pasta, 1/2 meat, all sour cream, 1/2 mozzarella, 1/2 puree | Remaining pasta, meat, mozzarella, puree | Top with parmesan (optional).
- Bake for 30 minutes (or until cheese has fully melted). Allow the dish to set for 5 minutes before serving.
Recommended low FODMAP serving – 1 cup per sitting
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: Italian
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I don’t follow the low fodmap diet (my wife does), but I wanted to say that this recipe is delicious! It’s very savory considering there are no onions or garlic pieces in the recipe. This has been a great addition to our meal rotation.
The trick is to used garlic-infused oil! It adds the underlying flavour of the garlic without adding the FODMAPs. Glad you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to come back and tell me what you pair it with!
This recipe is absolutely delicious! I always love pasta dishes, and this one is a favourite; I’ve also made it for my housemates a couple times and they all enjoyed it too! I’m not ultra experienced with cooking so I always love looking up different recipes to get a sense for how i can modify recipes, what can be substituted for what, etc.
Thanks for your comment! I’m pretty obsessed with pasta myself, so it’s always nice to have some variety! Glad to hear the recipe has been well received by your housemates as well. Thanks for your feedback!
Great meal for a big group! This went over so well with a group of very hungry campers…
This recipe is great when you’re feeding a ton of people as it doubles really easily for larger groups. I also make this when I don’t have time to make dinner the next day. I just pop the dish back into the oven and broil it until the cheese melts and the noodles warm back up. Glad you and your campers enjoyed it!
Very good! So easy to make. I wasn’t sure about how it would come together but it was so good. I did use a bit less cayenne. My only problem with it is that I can’t stop eating it!
Thank you for explaining the different ingredients and how they fit into the fodmap recipe.
I’m so glad you liked the recipe! Don’t worry, we have an anti-leftover problem at our house too. This recipe is pretty addictive. Don’t forget to check back every Thursday for new posts!
Oooh I love a good ziti! No one would even know this is low FODMAP – so yummy!
This is one of our favourite recipes for sure!
Do you think their recipe would hold up if I removed the meat? My husband is low FODMAP but I am vegetarian. Trying to find a comfort food dish we can enjoy together!
I think it might be worth a try, as there’s still lots of cheese for comfort food flavour. The meat does add a specific texture, though. So it won’t be exactly the same. If you’re looking for some comfort foods you can share, check out these low FODMAP nachos (without the meat of course) or this low FODMAP Margherita pizza as well. They’re two of my favourite veggie-friendly comfort foods!
Hope that helps!