Baked Ziti with Spinach

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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. More baked pasta dishes I love are Chicken Parmesan Lasagna and Three Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Lasagna Rolls. Also this Sausage and Peppers Macaroni Casserole.

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.

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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

296 Cals 16 Protein 44 Carbs 7 Fats
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 shredded part skim mozzarella , (8 oz total) (I recommend: Polly-O)
  • olive oil cooking spray,

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, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 524mg, Fiber: 5.5g, Sugar: 5g
WW Points Plus: 8
Keywords: Baked Ziti with Spinach, Low Fat Baked Ziti, skinny baked ziti, spinach baked ziti, vegetarian baked ziti

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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  1. This recipe is soooo good! I have made it multiple times for friends and family. Everyone loves it! When I’m meal prepping, I will cook it, cut it into squares, and freeze them. I can’t seem to find fat free ricotta anywhere near me, so I just use part skim, and in a pinch, I’ll use jarred sauce.

  2. Has anyone made with a pasta alternative such as lentil or chickpea pasta? I’d love to make it tomorrow. Thanks!

  3. I’m curious if anyone has used this recipe with a specific amount of salt that they found successful? If so I will make a note on the recipe and try again. I tried making this dish and it turned out too bland. I struggle with recipes that say to add “salt and pepper to taste” because I have no idea how much that could mean? Before I’ve cooked something it’s hard to evaluate the taste of it and then adding salt on top after it’s baked just doesn’t work.

  4. I love Skinnytaste recipes but all of the Smart Points are off!

    • Are you using recipe builder? If not and using the calculator, that’s why you are not getting the same results.

      • I get 8 points on blue with the recipe builder…not 5 as shown.

      • The only accurate way to determine any recipe’s SmartPoints® value is to plug the ingredients into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers website (Click on “My Foods,” select “Recipe,” and click “Create a recipe.”) which does not count fruits and vegetables in recipes in the calculations as they are now 0 points.

        The SmartPoints® calculator isn’t meant for recipes and will often give you the wrong points (usually higher) because it’s counting the fruits and vegetables. So if you see a recipe with a SmartPoints® value that’s different from what the calculator tells you, now you know why.

      • Hi Gina! Yes, I understand and was referring to the recipe builder. I would love if it came out to 5, but every time I put this recipe in the recipe builder, it comes out to 8. Not sure where the discrepancy is?

      • OK, I will double check. 🙂

  5. Just wanted to say that this recipe has been used in my family for a couple years now and it is one of our favorites!! Super easy to make and it’s my picky sons favorite meal!

  6. LOVE your recipes! Thanks so much for the meal plans. They help me get through very busy weeks all the time. Lifesavers.
    Could you please include metric measurements? I’m in Canada and all of our cans and weights are metric. Saves a step in googling amounts. Thanks!

  7. I get 9 as well….I think it’s a typo.

  8. Super excited for this recipe! Its made and in the oven. Question though… I put it into the recipe builder on blue plan and got 9 points a serving. Anyone else ?

  9. Just delicious and great for a king for lunch at work.

  10. Has anyone used something other than pasta? Watching our carbs.