Want your picky kids to eat their veggies? Hide them in this delicious baked ziti with spinach. They’ll never have to know that you tricked them into eating their spinach (and zucchini too).
It’s not always easy to get kids to eat their veggies. I’ve even been known to be a little sneaky about it, like making zucchini noodles or turkey meatloaf with spinach and mushrooms. The kids tend not to notice as much when you bake them right into the recipe!
That’s why my girls go crazy for this baked ziti with spinach. I fill it with veggies and they’ve never once complained. What they don’t know won’t hurt them, right?
Baked Ziti With Spinach, Zucchini & Mushrooms
There are a gazillion different ways to make this easy baked ziti recipe. Originally I was just going to use spinach but I figured I might as well throw in some zucchini and mushrooms too. The more veggies the better. We also add ground turkey but you can always leave that out if you prefer a vegetarian baked ziti.
Start by boiling the pasta, then chop zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and a little parsley for garnish. The smaller you chop the vegetables, the more likely they are to go undetected! Set the parsley aside for later.
Saute the zucchini for three minutes, then add the spinach and mushrooms and saute for another two minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Brown the ground turkey. Once it’s thoroughly cooked, mix it with the sauteed veggie mixture, minced garlic and two jars of pasta sauce.
Take a couple of spoonfuls and cover the bottom of a 9×13 glass pan (or casserole dish). Add 1/2 of your ziti, 1/2 of the remaining meat sauce, 1/2 of the ricotta and 1/2 of the mozzarella. Repeat this step with the remaining ingredients and top with parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes and let stand for five minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped parsley (optional).
This recipe is so good and my family always wants seconds. The best part is that you’ll probably have leftovers so you’re off dinner duty the next night. You’re welcome!
I will admit that I did make one big mistake. My youngest was super excited to eat this until I garnished her baked ziti with the parsley. Once I picked the “gross” parsley off hers, she was happy again!
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 160 Saturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 554mg Carbohydrates: 7g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 18g
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