Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Ariella

A vegetarian-ized version of a Real Simple recipe. I also substituted cottage cheese for ricotta because my husband doesn't like the texture of ricotta.

Top Review by Quilterbyday

This was a great recipe. We substituted whole grain pasta and it turned out great. We both grew up on feed lots, and next time, we will probably add a pound of hamburger. We didn't put in the fresh oregano and we used frozen broccoli instead of spinach, but all in all, a great meal. Defiantly will make again!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Cook the ziti according to the package instructions.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F.
  3. In a large pot, over medium-low heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the onion is transparent, 10-12 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano (if using) and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan, ricotta, and spinach and toss again. Spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or individual ramekins and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake until the mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.
  4. Tip: If you prefer, substitute chopped broccoli for the spinach.
  5. To Freeze: Assemble (but do not bake) the casserole. Cover tightly with two layers of aluminum foil. Store for up to 3 months.
  6. To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Cover and heat in a 350° F oven for 1 hour. Uncover and heat until the mozzarella melts, about 10 minutes more.

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