If you want more cheese in your baked ziti, this Three-Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach recipe is for you. This ziti even has ricotta, romano and Parmesan cheeses simmered in the sauce! It's so quick and easy, too. You can cook the spinach with the ziti, drain, then toss with the sauce, mozzarella and more Parmesan cheese. Dollop with an Italian-seasoned ricotta mixture and then bake until hot. The spoonfuls of ricotta on the top look and taste amazing and you can have this cheesy baked ziti casserole on the table in just 45 minutes.
cost per recipe: $13.22
Heat the oven to 350°F. Cook 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.
Stir the ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and the garlic powder in a bowl. Season the mixture with salt and pepper.
Add the sauce and 1 cup mozzarella cheese to the ziti mixture and stir to coat. Spoon into a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Drop the ricotta mixture by spoonfuls on top. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheeses.
Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and the cheese is melted.
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.
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
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!!
Great weeknight meal! I added a 1/2 lb of cooked lean hamburger meat. Very tasty! Whole family loved it and plenty of leftovers.
This one is super-easy.
This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.