Baked Ziti Florentine

Recipe by Sweet Diva MJ
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READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cook ziti in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and leave in a colander.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Heat oven to 375°F Have a 13x9-inch baking dish ready; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Stir cooked ziti and cottage cheese into spinach sauce until blended. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes, or until top is golden.
  • ***Note***.
  • 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.
  • Here's the cheese sauce if you're intereseted:
  • 2 Tablespoons butter.
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour.
  • 1 cup milk.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (or to taste).
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese.
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard.
  • 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.
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