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. 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 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.
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-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 the ziti. 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.
Yield: 8 servings, Serving Size: scant 1 1/3 cups
- Amount Per Serving:
- Smart Points: 8
- Points +: 8
- Calories: 296
- Total Fat: 7g
- Saturated Fat: g
- Cholesterol: mg
- Sodium: 524mg
- Carbohydrates: 44g
- Fiber: 5.5g
- Sugar: 5g
- Protein: 16g