We’ve stepped up the traditional baked ziti by adding some fresh spinach to the mix. While this dish looks and tastes like it took a lot of effort to pull together, you only need 15 minutes to prep it. What makes this dish even better is that you can assemble it ahead of time and then just pop it into the oven 30 minutes before dinnertime.
cost per recipe: $8.36
The price is determined by the national average.
package (1 pound) uncooked medium tube-shaped pasta (ziti)
bag (6 ounces) baby spinach, washed (about 4 cups)
jar (24 ounces) Prego® Three Cheese Italian Sauce
cup reduced fat (part skim) ricotta cheese
cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
cup grated Parmesan cheese
small clove garlic, minced
teaspoon ground black pepper
Heat the oven to 350°F. Prepare the ziti according to the package directions in a 6-quart saucepot. Add the spinach during the last minute of the cooking time. Drain the ziti and spinach well in a colander. Return them to the saucepot.
Add the sauce, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, the garlic and black pepper to the ziti mixture and stir to coat. Spoon into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheeses.
Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.