Vegetarian Baked Ziti Recipe

Vegetarian Baked Ziti

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Recipe by Delish Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 lb. ziti pasta

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste

  • 1 tsp. dried or fresh oregano

  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 1/2 c. fresh ricotta

  • 1 (10-oz). package frozen spinach, drained and chopped

  • Zest of 1/2 lemon

  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tbsp. thinly sliced basil, plus more for garnish

  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan

  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until very al dente; drain.
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes minutes.
  • Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and oregano and cook 2 minutes more, until slightly darkened. Add crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a simmer, reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced and flavors have melded, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
  • While sauce is reducing, stir to combine combine ricotta, spinach, lemon zest, and crushed red pepper flakes in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl, combine sauce and pasta. Fold in ricotta mixture, leaving large clumps. Spread about half of the pasta mixture into the bottom of a large casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella and Parmesan over the pasta. Top with the rest of the pasta mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheeses.
  • Cover with foil and bake until cheese is bubbling, about 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with more basil before serving.


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