Ziti Baked with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Smoked Gouda

  • CC2345 Posted: 12/08/08
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    I really wanted to like this recipe but it is missing something. It needs a little more spice and I actually think the yellow pepper does not work with this recipe. I would make again with some changes.

  • weckyb Posted: 11/03/10
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    I made several modifications, based upon the prior reviews, and found the recipe to be excellent. I used Rotel original tomatoes, added oregano, basil, thyme, black pepper and sugar to the sauce for more flavor. I also roasted red bell peppers instead of the sauteed yellow ones and added cooked chix breast and smoked provolone along with the gouda. The result is worthy of company!

  • Pumpkina Posted: 01/27/09
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    This is a delicious meal. I have made it for friends and family several times. Everyone enjoyed it. Definitely worth the time!

  • njcook Posted: 02/05/11
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    The gouda is a nice twist - nice blend of flavors. Looking forward to making it again!!

  • Frann226 Posted: 02/09/11
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    This is very very good. I couldnt find a can with Italian seasoning so I just got two cans of the garlic oregano and basil. It definitely needs some extra salt and pepper (I added cayenne as well). Also- I used whole wheat penne instead of white pasta to make it even healthier. I garnished it with fresh basil as well after reading the reviews. To sum it up, my boyfriend asked "Can you make this every week please?"- definitely a crowd pleaser.

  • grano1a Posted: 04/05/10
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    I made this pasta bake for a potluck and everyone really enjoyed it. I made it with smoked gouda cheese, and two 14.5 cans of diced tomatoes with garlic, oregano, and basil. i would definitely make it again and I think buying a good smoked cheese really added to the dish,

  • Hold2aDream Posted: 07/27/10
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    This is a very tasty and veggie-rich ziti. I have never cared for baked ziti, but my husband loves Italian cuisine, so I decided to try this. YUM! I couldn't find the Rotel Italian tomatoes, so I used 10 oz. of fire-roasted tomatoes and 1 tsp each of dried basil and oregano. I also used twice as much cheese; half smoked gouda and half mozzerella (because my husband doesn't like strong cheeses, but I didn't want to give up the smokey flavor this recipe promised). I think it was a terrific compromise. Since the entree is so flavorful, I served it with simple steamed asparagus seasoned with a little butter, salt and pepper, and crusty french bread. It's a keeper!

  • jmeleeS Posted: 08/14/12
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    Fantastic recipe! I found this recipe in one of my C.L. cookbooks and as smoked gouda is my favorite cheese, I couldn't wait to make it this week. From start to finish, this dish only took me 30 minutes, so it's great for a weeknight meal. A few items I changed to our tastes at the simmer stage: Added a handful of chopped fresh basil and parsley to the tomato base; added extra garlic; added shredded cooked turkey breast; added 1/4 cup reduced fat grated parm cheese; and added 1 tbsp crushed red pepper. Also in in the preparation, my sauce was a little watery so I added a tsp of cornstarch at the end of the simmer which helped thicken up the juices. The whole dish fit nicely in a 9 x 13 glass baking dish in lieu of the individual containers. Finally, after 13 minutes of bake time, I turned my broiler on high and popped the whole thing in for 2 minutes to get that nice brown cheese topping. Awesome! Served with steamed asparagus for a rounded meal. Will definitely make again!

  • QuotableKitchen Posted: 09/12/12
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    This is a really great recipe - I love all the flavors combined for this dish. I've been trying to find more easy & delicious vegetarian meals and this one was perfect! I served it in ramekins along with small salad and fresh bread - it was a hit!

  • KAInouye Posted: 12/22/12
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    Really good! Gouda gives a great flavor, but doesn't get as melty.

  • viburnum Posted: 05/03/13
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    Great, easy recipe. I added Italian chicken sausage for some lean protein which tasted great. I doubled the amount of tomatoes because I like my pasta saucy. Also followed other reviews and added red chili flakes and fresh basil. Solid recipe, will make gain.

  • StephanieLark Posted: 03/13/14
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    Great base recipe! I used 2 x 14oz cans of diced tomatoes w/ basil & garlic. I added about 1/2 a tsp of red pepper flakes and a handful of chopped fresh basil into the sauce. If I need a bit more protein in my meal I add some cooked & crumbled meatless Italian sausage. Love the smoked cheese in this dish, very easy to double to feed a crowd or for lunch leftovers. It's just as great the next day.

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