Main Dishes

Vegetarian Baked Ziti

November 12, 2012

Baked ziti is one of my family’s favorite dinners and the best part of this recipe is that it makes enough to have it two nights in a row. This recipe is delicious and incorporates spinach, mushrooms, and diced tomatoes in place of using meat.

Ingredients

16 oz Ziti

Olive Oil

5-6 Mushrooms, sliced

16 oz Fresh Spinach ( can substitute small bag of frozen spinach)

(1) 14.5 oz Can Diced Tomatoes, drained

2-3 Small Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped

1 Jar Red Sauce

16 oz Ricotta

8 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded

8 oz Mozzarella Cheese, shredded

Salt


Method
Preheat oven to 350. Bring large pot of water to a strong boil. Add a dash of salt and 1 tbsp of olive oil to water. Add pasta to water and boil until pasta is al dente or just a little firm.

While pasta is boiling add mushrooms, garlic, and spinach to a skillet with 2-3 tbsp of olive oil. Saute until spinach is completely wilted and mushrooms are tender. Mix in diced tomatoes.

Mix Ricotta cheese with mozzarella in a large bowl until thoroughly blended.

Drain pasta and pour into 13×9 baking dish. Stir in vegetable mixture to pasta. Once vegetable mixture is blended into pasta, add ricotta cheese mixture, stir well. Next, add tomato sauce and blend thoroughly. Sprinkle with enough parmesan cheese to cover whole dish.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes or until sides are bubbling and top is nicely browned.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Maryann D. April 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I love to eat vegetarian meals. It is nice to find a vegetarian baked ziti recipe. I do love ziti. I like the added mushroom too.

  • Reply Cheryl February 12, 2016 at 10:01 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I like that it’s meatless.

  • Reply Sandra Watts February 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    I don’t mind meatless meals now and then. This looks good.

  • Reply Cheryl May 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I love all the vegetables.

  • Reply Terri Irvin June 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    This sounds delicious hot or cold and perfect to pack for a picnic lunch.

  • Reply Marie Walker March 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I’m not vegetarian but I like some meatless meals once in a while, to shake things up. It can be challenging! Thanks for the recipe, it’s just what I needed for today!

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