Baked Ziti with Spinach, Tomatoes + Sausage

• 12 October 2009






















This weekend I made a double batch of Baked Ziti with Spinach, Tomatoes and Sausage and although it's listed in my "recipes to love" section, I enjoyed it so much that I had to re-post the recipe. Other than a few minor changes, I follow the recipe pretty carefully. Here are few notes to consider if you make the ziti, which I highly recommend :)

1. Make extra pasta...you may find that you want to add in more to make it more substantial. I always do.

2. Use the highest-quality sausage you can find. I love the homemade sausage at Harmons, our local grocery store. While the recipe indicates "spicy" sausage, I find that mixing half spicy and half mild is best for families with children.

3. Don't scrimp on cheese...meaning, don't use anything but fresh mozzarella, and good Parmesan (we love Parmigiano-Reggiano from Costco); also, add a little extra Parmesan on top for enhanced flavor.

4. Costco carries a carton of baby spinach that is perfect for this recipe. If you double the recipe, you'll have just enough left over for a spinach salad.

P.S. I also made Ina Garten's Peach & Raspberry Crisp this weekend and loved it as well. The only change I made to the recipe was to add an extra package of raspberries. Served with good quality vanilla ice cream, it's pretty much heaven-in-a-bowl.

image via knitter in the kitchen

10 comments:

Natasha - Kia Kaha Mama said...

Hey there, Steph! Your recipe looks fab, and I'm really excited to try it! It's exactly what we're in the mood for right now...thanks so much for the post! Hope you're well! xoxo Natasha

jennifer said...

This looks really delicious, I bet it would be a big hit with our kiddos. Thanks for sharing it with us.

noelle said...

how much do you think the cobbler serves. there are only four of us in our little fam and wondered if halving this recipe would be a better amount for us.

thanks for the recipes....can't wait to try them.

amberlee said...

looks incredible! can't wait to try it.

Anderson said...

Yum, yum and YUM! Fabulous recipe... and tips. Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

I made it last night. Super yumminess!!!

{lovely little things} said...

Delicious!

Elaina said...

I got this recipe from your blog a while back and have made it many times. Not sure if I ever thanked you, so "thanks!" It's delish.

Shannon said...

i made this dinner this week and it will definitely make it to the "eat this on a regular basis" dinner list.

it was also passed onto sisters and girlfriends.

thanks so much!

Nicky said...

Hello

Thought I would let you know I am currently making this dish for dinner in your kitchen at La Maisonnette in Beynac. ;-)))
We adore your house and are having the most amazing week. Nicky x

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