Lasagna-Baked Ziti
From Real Simple | Best Recipes with my notes
  • 12 ounces ziti, cooked to package directions (for some reason my grocery store did not have ziti, so I used penne)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ⅓ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped or pushed through garlic press
  • ½ pound lean ground beef or italian sausage
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 26-ounce jar marinara sauce (I had a bunch of No-Cook Pizza Sauce left over and that made up the bulk of my sauce, with some leftover jarred sauce to make up the difference. The sauce was delicious!)
  • 1 bunch or 1 small bag spinach, thick stems removed (about 4 cups)
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese (I did more than 1 cup”¦probably about 1½ or so)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drain cooked pasta and add it back to the pot.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook onion until soft and clear (4-5 minutes), then add garlic and cook about 1 minute more. Add the beef, ¾ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat, until the meat is cooked through.
  4. Pour meat mixture into large pot of drained pasta. Add sauce, spinach, ricotta and ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup Parmesan cheese. Bake until ziti is hot all the way through and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.
Recipe by This Week for Dinner at