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Three-Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach

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  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 6 people
  • calories: 518 1 serving

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.

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $11.27

  • 1 package (1 pound) uncooked medium tube-shaped pasta (ziti)
  • 1 bag (6 ounces) baby spinach, washed (about 4 cups)
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) Prego® Three Cheese Italian Sauce or Four Cheese Sauce
  • 1 cup reduced fat (part skim) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    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.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Reviews

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  • Bake less

    elizabeth b.
    January 4, 2018

    I love this recipe! My picky husband even agrees that the spinach adds a nice flavor. I don't like my pasta to get dried out, though, so I only bake the dish for about 15 minutes. Be careful when boiling the spinach, too. If you put all the spinach in the pot in the same moment, it tends to clump together. I try to put in just a few leaves and stir until I've put all the spinach in.

  • Delicious

    BCTorgi
    September 25, 2015

    I made this recipe exactly as written and loved it. My husband thought it would be even better with meat, so the next time I made it I added Italian sausage, mushrooms, and olives. Either way. it was delicious. We really liked the spinach in it. I will definitely make this again and will pass it on to my children!

  • Very easy and tastes great

    Linda C.
    March 3, 2019

    I love the taste of the spinach with the pasta and I love that it is meatless. It tastes really good, my husband loves it. It will be our new go too when we have to bring a dish to a potluck.

  • Easy and yummy!!

    singbabyrae
    September 8, 2015

    Great weeknight meal! I added a 1/2 lb of cooked lean hamburger meat. Very tasty! Whole family loved it and plenty of leftovers.

  • Bck-to School!

    Blair R.
    September 8, 2015

    This one is super-easy.

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    Made With

    Calories 509
    Total Fat 13 g
    Sat. Fat 7.1 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 35 mg
    Sodium 770 mg
    Total Carb 70 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Sugar 9 g
    Added Sugars 1 g
    Protein 25 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 33 %DV
    Iron 24 %DV
    Potassium 15 %DV
    Calories 518
    Total Fat 14 g
    Sat. Fat 8.4 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 48 mg
    Sodium 723 mg
    Total Carb 68 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 0 g
    Added Sugars 1 g
    Protein 25 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 45 %DV
    Iron 20 %DV
    Potassium 0 %DV

    This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.