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Spinach and a blend of three cheeses shine in this family-friendly casserole.

Recipe by Real Simple November 2005

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Credit: Petrina Tinslay

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prep:
20 mins
additional:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Yield:
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook the ziti according to the package instructions.Heat oven to 400° F.In a large pot, over medium-low heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook until the onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the beef, increase heat to medium-high, and cook until no trace of pink remains, 5 to 8 minutes. Drain any remaining liquid. Add the garlic and oregano (if using) and cook for 2 minutes. Add the pasta sauce and heat for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add the Parmesan, ricotta, and spinach and toss again. Spread the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish or individual ramekins and sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake until the mozzarella melts, about 15 minutes.Tip: If you prefer, substitute Italian sausage for the ground beef and chopped broccoli for the spinach.To Freeze: Assemble (but do not bake) the casserole. Cover tightly with two layers of aluminum foil. Store for up to 3 months.To Reheat: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or thaw partially in the microwave. Cover and heat in a 350° F oven for 1 hour. Uncover and heat until the mozzarella melts, about 10 minutes more.

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Nutrition Facts

calcium 672.9mg; 1165 calories; calories from fat 36%; carbohydrates 117.2g; cholesterol 176.2mg; fat 46.4g; fiber 7.1g; iron 10mg; protein 70.1mg; saturated fat 21.3g; sodium 1628.1mg.
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