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    Baked Ziti Florentine

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    50 mins

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    Sweet Diva's Note:

    This is a casserole my family can't get enough of. It freezes and reheats well - a great make-ahead meal. I usually serve it with garlic bread and a salad.

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    1. 1
      Cook ziti in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and leave in a colander.
    2. 2
      Heat oil in same pot. Add ground beef and onions and cook over medium- high heat, breaking up beef with a wooden spoon, 4 minutes or until beef is no longer pink.
    3. 3
      Stir in tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 12 minutes for flavor to develop. Stir in spinach and cook 3 minutes longer.
    4. 4
      Remove from heat.
    5. 5
      Heat oven to 375°F Have a 13x9-inch baking dish ready; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
    6. 6
      Stir cooked ziti and cottage cheese into spinach sauce until blended. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
    7. 7
      Bake 30 minutes, or until top is golden.
    8. 8
    9. 9
      The last time I made this, I had some leftover cheese sauce I needed to use up so I threw it in and it was great! Made a creamier casserole that I actually preferred, but since the rest of the family likes both versions equally, I'm just addding this as a note.
    10. 10
      Here's the cheese sauce if you're intereseted:.
    11. 11
      2 Tablespoons butter.
    12. 12
      2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour.
    13. 13
      1 cup milk.
    14. 14
      1/4 teaspoon salt.
    15. 15
      1/8 teaspoon pepper (or to taste).
    16. 16
      1 cup Cheddar cheese.
    17. 17
      1/4 teaspoon dry mustard.
    18. 18
      Melt butter in heavy saucepan over low heat; add flour, stirring until smooth. Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Stir in salt, cheese and dry mustard.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 06, 2008


      We liked it! I made it according to the original recipe. Next time I will make it with the addition of the cream sauce as it seemed a bit dry. Made for Potluck, please see my rating system as I rate tougher than most.

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Ziti Florentine

    Serving Size: 1 (647 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 866.1
    Calories from Fat 236
    Total Fat 26.2 g
    Saturated Fat 12.0 g
    Cholesterol 90.6 mg
    Sodium 1411.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 108.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.2 g
    Sugars 12.4 g
    Protein 50.3 g

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