Baked Ziti with Spinach

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family’s diet without complaints.

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.Baked Ziti with Spinach

A great dish for Meatless Mondays, or any day of the week.  We eat it with a garden salad, the portions and generous and satisfying.

I’m reviving this from the archives to update the photos. This makes enough for eight, so if you have a small family, you’ll probably have leftovers for lunch or freeze the rest for convenient freezer meals.  This can be assembled a day ahead and kept refrigerated, let it sit at room temperature 30 minutes before baking.

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.
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Baked Ziti with Spinach

8
Freestyle Points
296
Calories
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 8 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Italian
Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz uncooked ziti, wheat or gluten-free
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes, I recommend: Tuttorosso
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups 8 oz shredded part skim mozzarella (I recommend: Polly-O)
  • olive oil cooking spray, I used my Misto

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray.
  • In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente (I like to under-cook it 3 or 4 minutes as it will cook more in the oven). 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 and cook 5 minutes.
  • Add sauce to the pasta and combine. 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 and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned. Let it cool 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/3 scant cups, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 524mg, Potassium: 0mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 0%, Calcium: 0%, Iron: 0%
Freestyle Points: 8
Points +: 8

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.