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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lasagna-Style Baked Ziti

Source-Real Simple Cookbook

  • 12 oz box of ziti (about 4 cups)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2lb lean ground beef
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 26oz jar marinara sauce
  • 1 bunch spinach, thick stems removed (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta (used full 15oz container)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella (used 2 cups)
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook the pasta according to the package directions. 
  • Drain the pasta and return to pot.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the beef, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Cook, breaking up the beef with a spoon until it's no longer pink, 5-6 minutes.
  • Toss the pasta with the meat mixture, marinara sauce, spinach, ricotta, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan.
  • Transfer to 9x13 baking dish or 4 large ramekins.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.
  • Bake until the cheese melts, 12-15 minutes.
Review & Changes-  This had really good flavor.  I liked the freshness of the spinach even in a baked dish.  Of course the cheese was great.  If anything it could have used a bit more marinara sauce.  An easy meal that tastes good.  I'd make this again.


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