baked ziti with spinach
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Baked Ziti with Spinach

Rich and Delicious Spinach Baked Ziti. The perfect 30-minute meal. Do yourself and your family a favor and make this asap.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian American
Keyword: Baked Ziti with Spinach, Spinach Baked Ziti
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 488kcal
Author: Julie of CookedbyJulie.com

Ingredients

  • 1 lb penne or ziti pasta
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp  red crushed pepper optional
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 tsp  granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp  dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 lb buffalo mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil and salt generously.
  • Cook the pasta according to packaging instructions or al dente.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onions until translucent.
  • Stir in the fresh minced garlic and red crushed pepper and cook for an additional 20 seconds.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes and season with oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Finely chop the fresh spinach.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, granulated garlic, salt, pepper, spinach, and half of the parmesan cheese.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir until well combined.
  • Add the ricotta mixture to the pasta.
  • Stir in the buffalo mozzarella and check for seasoning.
  • Place the pasta in a casserole dish and top it off with shredded mozzarella cheese and the remaining parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.

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Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 585mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1490IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 3mg