I wanted to post this recipe for Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach because it is SO YUMMY. I love most everything that has pasta in it, especially when you mix a little red (tomatoes) and green (spinach/kale). It feels healthy and just tastes so good! This recipe comes from Recipe Shoebox.
3 cups uncooked ziti or penne pasta (about 10-oz) We used whole grain.
2 Tbs. olive oil
3/4 lb. spicy Italian sausage, sliced (we used chicken sausage)
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (14.5-oz each) diced tomatos
1/4 cup pesto
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 cups fresh spinach, chopped (about 8-oz)
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Cook pasta as directed on package. Drain and set aside. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic just until soft (about 5 minutes). Add sausage slices and cook until browned (about 5 minutes). Add tomatoes with juices to pan. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Stir in pesto. Add salt and pepper. Lightly oil 9x13-inch baking dish. Combine cooked pasta, chopped spinach, mozzarella cheese, and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Pour into baking dish.
Pour pasta sauce over top and stir together. Sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.