Baked Ziti with Spinach

Pasta is a staple in our house each week. My husband is 1/4 Italian, and I am always looking for new recipes. Unfortunately, pasta gets a bad wrap because of the carbs and the gluten. The good news is that there are SO many alternatives these days...whole wheat pasta, gluten free pasta made with rice flour, corn flour, quinoa flour, etc. My personal preference is quinoa pasta. I honestly can't really taste the difference, especially in a baked pasta. The whole wheat has a different texture and a slightly different taste, but it's still a great alternative to regular pasta.

Skinnytaste is one of the places I head when I am looking for a new recipe. She does a great job of making delicious, uncomplicated, healthy meals. This Baked Ziti with Spinach is no exception. It was a breeze to make, and it was devoured. A great alternative to a traditional baked Ziti with beef or sausage.

12 oz uncooked ziti (I like quinoa gluten-free)
28 oz crushed tomatoes 
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
8 oz fat-free ricotta
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups (8 oz) shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
olive oil cooking spray 

You basically cook the pasta according to the package directions in one pot and layer the flavors of the sauce in another...then you combine them and pour them in a greased 9x13 pan, top with cheese, and bake! The complete recipe can be found on Skinnytaste's website, HERE.

Happy Cooking!

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