Baked Ziti with Spinach

A meatless pasta casserole with greens that is sure to be a family favorite!

We’ve stepped up the traditional baked ziti by adding some fresh spinach to the mix. While this dish looks and tastes like it took a lot of effort to pull together, you only need 20 minutes to prep it. A great dish for Meatless Mondays, or any day of the week. We eat it with a garden salad, the portions and generous and satisfying.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 7 mins
Servings 4 Servings (about 1½ cups each)

Ingredients:
4 oz dry whole wheat ziti (or penne) pasta
2 tsp. olive oil
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 (10-oz.) bag raw spinach
1½ cups whole peeled tomatoes (like San Marzano or Cento) crushed or pureed in blender or food processor.
¼ cup finely chopped basil leaves
½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 dash crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
¾ cup part-skim Mozzarella cheese divided use
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1½ cups part-skim ricotta cheese
Nonstick cooking spray

Instructions:
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375º F.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add garlic; cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.

Add spinach, tomatoes, and basil. Season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes.

Combine spinach mixture, pasta, red pepper flakes (if desired), ½ cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese in a large bowl; mix well.

Place in a 2½ to 3-quart casserole that is lightly coated with spray. Bake, covered with aluminum foil, for 35 minutes. Remove foil.

Top evenly with remaining ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Container Equivalents:
1 Green
½ Red
1 Yellow
1 Blue
1 tsp.

2B Mindset Plate It!:
Add a side salad or more veggies to make this a great lunch option.

Recipe and Image from: Beachbody Blog

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