Prep 45 mins
Cook 25 mins
This is great if you need to feed an army on the cheap! Serve with a salad and garlic bread, sure to be a pleaser!
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 15 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 2⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 16 ounces ziti pasta, pasta-cooked
- 27 1⁄2 ounces pasta sauce
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 12 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
- Cook spinach as package directs, drain, cool and squeeze out well.
- Add eggs, ricotta cheese, parm. cheese, and pepper. Mix well and set aside.
- Combine cooked ziti with sauce and oregano. Place 1/2 ziti miture in lightly greased 13X9 baking dish, layered with cheese and spinach mixture. Add remaining ziti.
- Cover with tin foil and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minute or until bubbly.
I made this baked ziti and was super disappointed. There's too much spinach in there. Also it doesn't tell you what to do with the mozzarella, and I forgot about it and had to interrupt the cooking time to sprinkle it on. I think removing the tin foil towards the end would be a good idea, so it might brown on top. Basically though, it just tasted not good. I added salt, which helped a bit. I'm sure there are better spinach baked ziti recipes out there. I wish I would have picked on before I spent the effort on this one.
I had originally planned a crockpot dish for tonight using spinach and ricotta but realized too late that I was out of milk, so I searched and found this recipe. I loved it! It took me less than an hour to make (start to finish) and I love that it incorporates veggies. Next time I may try adding meat, as other reviewers have suggested to make it a complete one-dish meal.
The only change I made to the recipe was that I used one box of spinach, and I had thawed it so instead of cooking and cooling it before mixing it with the ricotta, I mixed the thawed spinach as is. I think if I had added the second box of spinach, the kids may have refused to eat it altogether. One liked it and the other, not so much. The only other comment I have on this recipe is that I think the final part of step 3 is missing, which is to sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top after the last layer of ziti. I then covered with foil for 15 min and removed it for the last 10 min. I'll definitely be making this again.
Great recipe. I also added a pound of lean ground beef to make my carnivores happy, cooking the beef with some onion, crushed garlic, italian seasoning, basil and crushed red pepper. This made a BIG recipe, 3 adults and one child ate 2 dinners and still have enough leftovers for one lunch...We enjoyed this, thanks for posting!