Spinach & Ricotta Pasta Bake

A lazy meal for midweek that tastes like spinach and ricotta stuffed shells or cannelloni - but without all the labour! Feel free to use your favourite store bought pasta sauce if you prefer. Reheats well and freezes well too!

Ingredients

  • 300g / 10 oz ziti pasta, uncooked, or other short pasta of choice
  • 1.5 cups (150g) mozzarella cheese , shredded (or more!)

RICOTTA MIXTURE

  • 1 lb / 500 g ricotta (Note 1)
  • 1/2 cup (50g) parmesan cheese , grated
  • 2 garlic cloves , crushed
  • 350g / 12oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and excess liquid pressed out
  • 1 cup (100g) grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 tsp salt & pepper

SHORTCUT PASTA SAUCE

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 24 oz / 700g tomato passata (1 standard bottle) (Note 2)
  • 1 tsp EACH onion and garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried Italian Mixed Herbs (Note 3)
  • 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes , to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 tbsp water (if needed)

TO SERVE

  • Parmesan cheese , grated
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Pasta Sauce: Pour out about 1/4 cup of the passata (to make room to add flavourings). Add the remaining Pasta Sauce ingredients into the bottle, screw the lid on and give it a shake.
  3. Cook pasta for time per packet MINUS 1 minute. 
  4. Full instructions visit @recipetineats

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