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Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach

Dress up a delicious ziti recipe with sausage and spinach to make it a more complete meal.

Course Main Dish, Pasta Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Baked Ziti, Baked Ziti with Sausage
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 501 kcal
Author Leigh Anne

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet or hot Italian sausages
  • 1/2 C chopped onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 28- ounce can diced peeled tomatoes
  • 1/4 C pesto
  • 10 ounces ziti or penne pasta about 3 cups, freshly cooked
  • 4 cups or hand fulls of baby spinach leaves
  • 6 ounces grated or cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook sausage, onion and garlic until sausage is cooked through
  2. Add tomatoes with juices
  3. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes
  4. Add pesto
  5. Season sauce with salt and pepper
  6. You can prepare up to this point a day ahead and refrigerate
  7. Bring mixture back to simmer before continuing
  8. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  9. Lightly oil 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.
  10. Combine pasta, spinach, mozzarella and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese in large bowl.
  11. Stir in warm hot tomato mixture.
  12. Place in prepared baking dish
  13. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese over
  14. Bake until sauce bubbles and cheeses melt, about 30 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 501 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 836mg 35%
Potassium 550mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 38.7%
Vitamin C 19.4%
Calcium 32.7%
Iron 15.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.