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Three-Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach

  • prep time: 15 min
  • total time: 45 min
  • serves: 8 people
  • calories: 451 1 serving

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.

Ingredients

cost per recipe: $13.22

  • 1 pound uncooked medium tube-shaped pasta (ziti)
  • 6 ounces baby spinach (about 4 cups), coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup reduced fat (part skim) ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 jars (24 ounces each) Prego® Three Cheese Italian Sauce or Roasted Garlic Parmesan Italian Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (about 6 ounces)

Instructions

  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    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.

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

    Bake for 30 minutes or until hot and the cheese is melted.

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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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    Calories 451
    Total Fat 12 g
    Sat. Fat 6.6 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 39 mg
    Sodium 930 mg
    Total Carb 61 g
    Dietary Fiber 6 g
    Sugar 13 g
    Added Sugars 0 g
    Protein 21 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 31 %DV
    Iron 21 %DV
    Potassium 16 %DV
    Calories 451
    Total Fat 11 g
    Sat. Fat 6.6 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 39 mg
    Sodium 930 mg
    Total Carb 62 g
    Dietary Fiber 4 g
    Sugar 12 g
    Added Sugars 3 g
    Protein 23 g
    Vitamin D 1 %DV
    Calcium 31 %DV
    Iron 21 %DV
    Potassium 16 %DV

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