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: $11.27
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.
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.