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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 501kcal
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

  • Cook sausage, onion and garlic until sausage is cooked through
  • Add tomatoes with juices
  • Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes
  • Add pesto
  • Season sauce with salt and pepper
  • You can prepare up to this point a day ahead and refrigerate
  • Bring mixture back to simmer before continuing
  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Lightly oil 13 x 9-inch glass baking dish.
  • Combine pasta, spinach, mozzarella and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese in large bowl.
  • Stir in warm hot tomato mixture.
  • Place in prepared baking dish
  • Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese over
  • Bake until sauce bubbles and cheeses melt, about 30 minutes

Nutrition

Calories: 501kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1935IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 2.8mg