Menu Ideas

Lentil Penne Baked Ziti (K-12)

Combine the power of plant protein with the deliciousness of baked ziti.

Yield: 100, 1 cup (8 oz) each portions


  • 1. Using a large pot, boil 12 1/2 gallons of water. Par-cook pasta for 7-9 minutes. Stir frequently. Strain and rinse with cold water immediately. OR: Using 2 - 12” x 20” x 4” steamtable pans, add enough hot water to cover pasta by 1/2-inch or more and stir. Steam uncovered 15-18 minutes (to desired tenderness), strain immediately, rinse with cold water.
  • 2. Spread equal portions of pasta into 4 - 12” x 20” x 4” steamtable pans.
  • 3. Top each pan of noodles with 3 lbs 9 oz sauce, 2 Tbsp 2 tsp granulated garlic, and 12 1/2 oz cheese. Using a large spatula fold each pan until ingredients are combined.
  • 4. Cover remaining cheese and place in the refrigerator for later.
  • 5. Cover and bake 350° F for 45 minutes.
  • 6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese (12 1/2 oz each pan) over the top of each pan.
  • 7. Cook uncovered for 15 more minutes or until center reaches 165° F and cheese begins to brown.
  • 8. Serve 8 oz server or 1 cup.


Serving Size 1 cup

Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 237mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 4g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 20g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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