Pinning for Life: Baked Pasta

I found a recipe on Pinterest that I thought looked really good, so why not kill two birds with one stone and also make a blog about it? Now this looks something a little bit more complexed than what I can handle, but it’s not. It’s fairly easy, and I actually had my mom help me with this also.  It’s a baked ziti and spinach recipe, and the things you’ll need are

  • olive oil spray
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 8 oz fat-free ricotta
  • 8 oz part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 14 oz uncooked meat, I used ground beef instead of sausage because I don’t care for sausage
  • 12 oz high-fiber or low carb rigatoni pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves smashed garlic and chopped
  • 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 cups Quick Marinara Sauce

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and make sure to spray your dish with olive oil. Then bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In another bowl, mix together the ricotta, 6 tablespoons of the Pecorino Romano cheese and half of the mozzarella cheese. Next in a deep skillet, brown the meat, and set aside.  Add the oil to the skillet and cook the garlic about a minute, try not to burn it like I did trying to help my mom. Add the spinach. Then with the meat add it back to the skillet and add the marinara sauce. Cook this on low for a couple of minutes. When the pasta water comes to a boil, cook the pasta according to the instructions, but under cook them by about 4 minutes, so you’re noodle are not too soggy when it’s all done. Put half of the cooked pasta into the baking dish and top with half of the meat sauce. Then put a layer of the ricotta cheese. Cover with the remaining pasta and the remaining sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Pecorino Romano cheese. Then cover with some foil and bake for 20 minutes. Lastly remove the foil and bake from another 6-7 minutes or until the mozzarella is melted and edges are a little brown. Now you can enjoy a delicious mealbaked-ziti


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