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Italian Wedding Baked Ziti

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: oven/stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

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


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 whisk in the cream. Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce and stir 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.

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