Baked Ziti with Spinach
This Baked Ziti with Spinach is a no-fuss weeknight dinner loaded with delicious vegetables, herbs, and three kinds of cheese.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 7 mins
Total Time 1 hr 27 mins
Servings 4 Servings (about 1½ cups each)
Calories 372 kcal
4 oz dry whole wheat ziti (or penne) pasta
2 tsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 (10-oz.) bag raw spinach
1½ cups whole peeled tomatoes (like San Marzano or Cento) crushed or pureed in blender or food processor.
¼ cup finely chopped basil leaves
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 dash crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
¾ cup part-skim Mozzarella cheese divided use
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1½ cups part-skim ricotta cheese
Nonstick cooking spray
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375º F.
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
Add spinach, tomatoes, and basil. Season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes.
Combine spinach mixture, pasta, red pepper flakes (if desired), ½ cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese in a large bowl; mix well.
Place in a 2½ to 3-quart casserole that is lightly coated with spray. Bake, covered with aluminum foil, for 35 minutes. Remove foil.
Top evenly with remaining ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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