There is something so warm and inviting about baked pasta. Everything about it screams, “invite everyone over for dinner”…….Alas, I can’t.
I can’t invite anyone over. Not for dinner, not for a workout, not for ANYTHING. We are living in new times, my friends. Those new times also mean day 1 of my gym, Functional Effect, being officially closed because of the Coronovirus. Our amazing team has stepped up big time, taking the training of our clients virtual, and serving them well from afar! I can’t thank the staff or the members enough for how adaptable and amazing they are!
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Now, on to the pasta recipe. <3
This recipe is so simple and delicious, I am excited to hear how much your family enjoys it!
Baked Ziti (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
12oz gluten-free penne noodles (I used the 365 Brand)
4 handfuls of baby spinach, rough chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
16oz. non-dairy ricotta cheese
1/2 cup non-dairy parmesan cheese
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt (I used herbamare)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
24oz jar pasta sauce (try to find one with no added sugar!)
2 cups non-dairy shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 baking dish and set aside.
- Cook the pasta according to package instructions for al dente. Drain and set aside.
- In a skillet brown the beef, adding the garlic, onion and spinach about 2/3 through the cooking time. Set aside once completely cooked.
- In a bowl, whisk the egg and add the ricotta and parmesan, stirring well to combine. Add the salt, galic powder, pepper and italian seasoning. Set aside.
- To assemble, place 1/2 the baked ziti in the bottom the casserole. Top with half of the marinara sauce. Spoon 1/2 the ricotta mixture over the noodles, spreading it evenly as possible, then half the meat, and finally half the mozzarella cheese.
- Repeat this process one more time.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the edges have browned slightly and cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.