Ziti Baked with Spinach, Tomatoes and Smoked Gouda Recipe

Step 1

Prehead oven to 375 degrees.

Step 2

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Step 3

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and peper, saute 5 minutes. Add garlic to pan, saute 2 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach to pan; cook 30 seconds or until spinach wilts, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add pasta and 3/4 cup cheese to tomato mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7 - inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Things You'll Need

  • 8ounces uncooked ziti
  • 1tablespoon olive oil
  • 1cup chopped onion
  • 1cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1can (14.5 ounce) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
  • 1can (10-ounce) Italian seasoned diced tomatoes (such as Rotel Bold Italian)
  • 4cups baby spinach
  • 1-1/4cups (5 ounces) shredded, smoked Gouda cheese, divided

About this Author

Emma Santa an iChef.com member who donated this recipe.