Baked Ziti Pasta (melskitchencafe)

This is so yummy and sooooo easy!

1 pound Italian turkey or chicken sausage, casings removed
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup pesto
9 ounces baby spinach
15-ounces ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan
DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the ziti and cook until al dente. Drain.
While the pasta is boiling, in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat, add the turkey sausage, onion and garlic and cook until the sausage is cooked through, adding a bit of salt and pepper to taste (the amount will depend on the seasonings in the sausage). While it cooks, break up the sausage into smaller pieces. Drain any excess grease if needed.
Add the diced tomatoes, pesto and salt and pepper to taste (I added about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper). Simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add the spinach, stirring until it cooks down a bit into the hot sauce, 1-2 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the mozzarella cheese and 1 1/4 cups of the Parmesan cheese.
In the prepared baking dish, pour in the drained noodles. Dollop the ricotta mixture over the top of the noodles. Spread the sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese (1/2 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmesan).
Bake until heated through and golden around the edges, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5-7 minutes before serving.

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About melsorens

I'm a mommy who has the privilege of staying home with my three little mouths to feed and two big mouths who love to eat. I'm a believer in moderation so all of these might not be the healthiest recipes, but there is a variety and I believe in eating that way and not leaving anything out. I love good food, I like to cook, I'm not that great at it but I'm always up to try new things, share recipes and eat some more!! These are a collection of random recipes that I have in stored in a bunch of different places...this is my attempt to become more organized, so enjoy and let me know if any of these are yummy to you. View all posts by melsorens

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