Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Baked Ziti with Spinach and Mushrooms

Don't tell your husband, but this is actually a Weight Wathcers recipe! No worries, though, he'll never know because of how flavorfull it is. I got this from my new favorite recipe cite, Skinny Tastes. There are some major winners on there that I am dying to try, and they are all HEALTHY but BURSTING WITH FLAV!! I'm just elated! I added loads of mushrooms to this, but the origional recipe doesn't call for it, so feel free to leave them out, if you're crazy.

{What you need}
1 lb high fiber ziti such as Ronzoni Smart Taste
28 oz crushed tomatoes (I prefer Tuttorosso)
1 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic,minced
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
salt and fresh pepper to taste
8 oz fat-free ricotta
1/4 cup Parmesan
2 cups (8 oz) part skim mozzarella
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
Spray olive oil Preheat oven to 375°. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with oil spray.In a large pot of salted water, cook pasta according to instructions until al dente. Drain and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, add olive oil and sauté garlic and mushrooms. Add chopped spinach, salt pepper and chopped tomatoes. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add sauce to the pasta and combine the ziti. Add half of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese and ricotta. Mix well then transfer to the baking pan. Pour the pasta mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the remaining mozzarella. Bake for 30 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and the edges are lightly browned.

This can be made up to a day in advance and stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.

I divided this casserole into eight sections and froze each portion individually in a mini tupperware so I can take it to work for a healthy lunch or just whip it out whenever I'm hungry for something healthy.

1/8 of the casserole is 6 ww points

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