Learning to Cook: Lasagna-style Baked Ziti

Lasagna-style Baked Ziti
from RealSimple easy, delicious meals

12oz ziti (or rotini)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 lg onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 lb lean ground beef
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 26oz jar marinara sauce
1 package fresh spinach
1/2 cup ricotta
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
1 cup mozzarella, grated

Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beef, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

Toss the pasta with the meat mixture, marinara sauce, spinach, ricotta, and 1/4 cup of the Parmesan. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and the remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan and bake until the cheese melts, 12 to 15 minutes.


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