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Baked Ziti and Bean Casserole

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This delicious Italian classic is made even more flavorful with the addition of Great Northern Beans. Enjoy this with a salad side and a loaf of garlic bread for a simple weeknight meal.

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 30 min

Ingredients
  • 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups hot cooked ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 15-ounce can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 slices mozzarella cheese, 6 1/2 x 4-inches each
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a rectangular baking dish, 11 x 7 x 1 1/2-inches, with nonstick cooking spray.
     
  2. Break up tomatoes in large bowl. Stir in ricotta cheese, onion, parsley, thyme, salt and red pepper. Carefully fold in pasta and beans.
     
  3. Pour pasta mixture into baking dish, spreading evenly. Arrange mozzarella cheese on top.
     
  4. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until mixture is hot and cheese is golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
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