Three Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach

Three Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach

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Pasta casserole recipes are a great weeknight dinner that come together in minutes. With little prep time, Three Cheese Baked Ziti with Spinach goes straight in the oven and bakes into an ooey gooey casserole that the family will love. Made with three different cheese, Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese and Mozzarella cheese, it's a great dish for those cheese lovers out there. Make and bake it for your family tonight.

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Preparation Time15 min

Cooking Time30 min

Cooking MethodCasserole

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16-ounces) uncooked medium tube-shaped pasta (ziti)
  • 1 bag (6-ounces) baby spinach, washed (about 4 cups)
  • 1 jar (1 pound 9 ounces) Prego Marinara Italian Sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat at 350 degrees F.

  2. Prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Add the spinach during the last minute of the cooking time.

  3. Drain the pasta and spinach well in a colander. Return them to the saucepot.

  4. Stir the sauce, ricotta, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and black pepper into the pasta mixture.

  5. Spoon the pasta mixture into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes or until it's hot and bubbling.

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I really love cheesy casseroles with pasta and the addition of spinach, no doubt helps with the guilt of indulging in the overload of the cheese! Ok maybe not, but it sounded good. But, I think the only thing I would do differently is to add some chunky tomatoes and maybe a touch of red pepper flakes to give it some zip. Either way, I'm sure it's going to be amazing!

This version of baked ziti has the added benefit of spinach. To lighten this casserole, I would use lite ricotta cheese and part skim mozzarella cheese. Also, I would use fresh chopped garlic, instead of garlic powder for this recipe. The ziti should be drained before it's completely done to ensure that it has a good consistency in the casserole. The pasta will continue to cook in the oven.

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