Monday, September 7, 2015

Baked Ziti with Spinach

Yum - pasta! I love when I can throw some spinach into a meal - making it heartier and healthier. My kids do pretty well with eating their veggies and "green things" but it doesn't hurt to get that extra nutrition in there where I can! This was super yummy and gone in a flash.

Baked Ziti with Spinach
(recipe found on via pinterest)

12 ounces uncooked ziti
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
salt and fresh pepper to taste
8 ounces fat-free ricotta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray. In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente. Drain and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic. Add chopped spinach, salt pepper and crushed tomatoes. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned. Let it cool 5 minutes, then cut it into 8 equal portions. This can be made up to a day in advance and stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

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