Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Baked Ziti

3 cups dry ziti
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3/4 lb lean ground beef
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 (26oz) jar marinara sauce
1 (14oz) can chopped tomatoes with garlic and herbs
6 oz fresh spinach, thick stems removed
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 (15oz) container ricotta
1/2 cup grated Parmesan, divided
1 cup grated mozzarella

1. Heat oven to 400. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain it and set aside.

2. 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 to 5 minutes.

3. Add the beef, salt, and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

4. Pour a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of a 9x13" baking dish. Toss the pasta with the meat mixture, tomatoes, spinach, basil, ricotta, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan, stirring to combine.

5. Pour remaining sauce over top of pasta. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and the remaining Parmesan. Bake until the cheese melts, 12 to 15 minutes.

Serves 6.

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