Photo: Petrina Tinslay
Prep Time
20 Mins
Other Time
25 Mins
Makes 4 servings

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

How to Make It

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.

Ratings & Reviews

Needs work

November 16, 2015
This has potential, but next time I make it I will definitely be making some alterations.  As is, I thought the recipe was lacking flavor and too dry.  First of all, it makes a TON and in my opinion, too much pasta and not enough sauce. Next time I will add either tomato sauce or a can of diced tomatoes plus additional spices and maybe a pepper with the onion. I will also consider splitting this into two casserole dishes, cooking one and freezing the other.  

jusspeachy88's Review

September 01, 2014
I just used this recipe because it was so simple and fast... i did a little tweaking and added green pepper amd mushroom....its scent is sweeping across the house, while in the oven. Im so excited to feast :-)

Mom244evermom's Review

October 25, 2012
This is a great recipe. I almost always make it vegetarian, I simply leave the meat out completely, you don't miss it. I like to serve extra sauce on the side. Highly recommend. (I do add more mozzarella than 1 cups, probably more like 2 cups, 1 in the recipe with the ricotta, parmesan and spinach and 1 on top.)

Preston1980's Review

April 07, 2012

guinness4029's Review

June 06, 2010
The servings were so big, neither my husband nor I could finish. We each left half on the plate. After seeing the calories, we felt better about that decision. This would definitely easily feed 8 people. I mixed 93/10 ground beef and Hot Italian Sausage. Also I used 1 TBSP of dried oregano. Also I used part-skim ricotta. We had with a side of sauteed zucchini and onions.