April 1, 2009 by Katie
My ziti is simple, delicious, and you can make as much or as little as you want. The leftovers are just as good- if not better than they are the first night. For this dinner, feel free to swap ingredients for your own favorites.
Ingredients: ziti, oil, 1 onion (yellow or spanish), lean ground beef or lean ground turkey, 3-4 garlic cloves, oregano, pasta sauce, frozen spinach (defrosted & water squeezed out), parmesan cheese, grated mozzarella cheese * for 1 lb pasta, use about 1 lb ground meat, 12 oz low fat ricotta & a 24- 26 oz jar of sauce. which serves 4 for dinner. use more/less depending on how many servings you want to make
Directions: Preheat oven to 400F 1. Start a pot of water & about 1 Tbs salt to boil for the pasta *cook pasta for about 3/4 the recommended time & drain 2. Dice 1 large onion & garlic cloves 3. Heat 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil (or vegetable oil) in a large pan 4. Saute onions & garlic in pan with salt & pepper 5. Add in 1 lb lean ground meat & brown 6. Drain off any extra oil/liquid 7. Add in 1/2 cup fresh oregano or 2 Tbs dry oregano 8. Add in pasta sauce & heat through 9. Remove from heat 10. Mix together cooked pasta & meat sauce 11. Add in about 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, spinach, & ricotta cheese 12. Mix it all together 13. Spread the ziti into a baking dish 14. Cover the top with grated mozzarella cheese 15. Bake until the cheese melts (15-20 minutes)
Notes: I recommend low fat rather than fat free ricotta cheese, it has much better flavor & is still healthier than the original 2. Sprinkle a few spoonfuls (tablespoons) of water over the ziti before reheating so it doesn’t dry out 3. the ziti can be cooked in 1 large or 2-4 smaller baking dishes (bakes smaller dishes 10-15 minutes) *smaller sizes are great for individual servings or for freezing servings to eat another time
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