Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti

This Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti is going to be the hit of the dinner table! Use store bought meatballs to get this baked ziti ready fast!

The flavor in this ziti recipe reminds me of Italian Wedding Soup – which is one of our favorite soup recipes! We grab store bought meatballs for a lot of dinner recipes like these Meatball Pizza Quesadillas and these Italian Meatball Stuffed Mushrooms!

Baked ziti recipe topped with spinach, meatballs and mozzarella cheese

Store Bought Meatballs FTW.

So of course we make our own meatballs…I mean what kind of food bloggers would we be if we didn’t? BUT when it comes to a recipe like this Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti, unless you have a batch of those homemade meatballs hanging around, grab your favorite brand of frozen meatballs right at the store.

How Do You Make Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti?

Any type of baked ziti recipe is basically a tube shaped pasta, like we went over, sauce and mozzarella cheese. Most recipes will call for ricotta cheese too but some are just the basic pasta, sauce and cheese.

Start by boiling the pasta, drain and add it to a pot with fresh spinach (or frozen if you’re using) and the frozen meatballs.

Baked ziti recipe with meatballs and spinach

Pour in your homemade creamy, cheese sauce that you whipped up while the pasta was cooking and toss everything together with mozzarella cheese. Bonus – there’s no need to even thaw out those frozen meatballs. They’re going to cook right in this baked ziti recipe!

Pour the ziti, meatballs and spinach into a casserole dish and top with the rest of your mozzarella cheese and more parmesan cheese.

Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti is a pasta recipe with fresh spinach, meatballs and cheese

Now it’s time to get this baked ziti recipe in the oven to BAKE! What comes out is the most AMAZING pasta dish you’ve ever seen.

Creamy, cheesy pasta with meatballs and parmesan cheese. All the flavors I love in Italian Wedding Soup in one, big pasta recipe.

Baked ziti recipe that uses frozen meatballs as a short cut

This Italian Wedding Meatball Baked Ziti is a baked ziti recipe that will feed a crowd! Make it for parties, potluck dinners or just a family dinner at home! We like to serve this ziti recipe with a Homemade Caesar Salad and of course, Garlic Bread on the side!

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Spinach Meatball Baked Ziti

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x

This twist on a baked ziti recipe can be on the table in just minutes with a little help from the store!

Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ziti, rigatoni or other tube shaped pasta
  • 9 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach (or a 10 ounce box chopped spinach, thawed and liquid squeezed out)
  • 1 (12 oz.) package frozen turkey meatballs
  • 16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 grated parmesan

For the Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start a large pot of water to boil, once it comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to package direction and drain.
  3. While the pasta is cooking you can start the sauce. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter then sprinkle in the flour to make a roux. Cook the roux for 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the cream. Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and mix well to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes on low then cover and remove from the heat.
  4. When the pasta is cooked and drained, return it to the same pot that you cooked it in, along with the fresh spinach, frozen meatballs and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir well to combine.
  6. Spray a 9″ x 12″ baking dish with cooking spray then pour in the pasta mixture.
  7. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and the 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve.
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: Oven / Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: baked ziti recipe, baked ziti, italian wedding soup, dinner recipe, pasta recipes, meatball recipes

 

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15 Responses
  1. Kelly

    Delicious!! I made this for dinner tonight and my boyfriend can’t get enough!! It was so simple to make and definitely something I’m going to make this again :)

  2. Stacy

    i made this recipe for a church function and everyone loved it.. It was quick and easy and so very delicious.

  3. carlyn MARIE rauch

    I tried to sign up for your emails and could not as the ad at the bottom of the page was in the way for me to finish the sign up. thanks love the recipe

  4. Jean

    Question for you…
    This was the exact recipe I was looking to make for our Christmas Eve dinner – meatball spinach ziti. I am pleased because, although it took 18 years, I think I’ve convinced my son that baked pasta dishes taste better with green in them (usually spinach!). Boy, did he complain about “green” growing up, but recently a friend moaned and went on about some type of homemade lasagna I made with “green” in it, and I could tell my son’s opinion changed at that time, too.
    Anyway, I thought the recipe did call for ricotta and I bought a container yesterday. I’m thinking it would be ok to swap out mixing in the 1/2 cup of mozzarella with the sauce with ricotta instead. I just love ricotta. I’ll still put mozzarella on top because that’s delightful – especially as your picture shows where you get some browning and maybe a few crispy points.
    Actually, now that I’m thinking about it I might make 2 separate pans – one with ricotta and the other with mozzarella. I bought those little balls of mozzarella and they might be fun to just have in the ziti.
    That’s my question, I guess – swap mozz for ricotta in sauce?
    Thank you

  5. Sharlene

    This recipe was delicious! I didn’t have heavy cream though and so I looked up a substitute and found I could use 2 cups of milk (I had 2%) and 2 cups of cottage cheese. I blended them with my immersion blender and then added as the recipe called for. Not only was it delicious but that switch saved about 250 calories!
    Also I used some pesto meatballs I had leftover from another recipe instead of the turkey meatballs. Basically it was a ground beef meatball with homemade pesto in the meatball. Loved this recipe!. Thanks

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