Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baked Rotini

This is a favorite pasta dish of mine. My mom use to make it when we had company when I was a kid, and it always brings back great memories. I used my meat sauce recipe for this dish, and it turned out delicious. Be prepared to eat leftovers because this can feed an army! Enjoy!
Ingredients
1 batch of meat sauce
1 box rotini pasta (14.5 oz)
8 oz reduced fat ricotta cheese
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 grated parmesan
8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 egg
2 tsp italian seasoning
2 tsp dried parsley

Instructions
Cook pasta according to package. Be sure to leave a touch firm, because it will cook more in the oven. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix spinach, egg, and italian seasoning in a small bowl. In a oven safe pot layer about a 1/2 cup of meat sauce. Next layer about 1/5 of the pasta and spread 1/5 of the ricotta mixture. Next top with 1/5 of mozzarella cheese. Repeat sauce, pasta, ricotta, mozzarella 5 times. Top the final mozzarella layer with parmesan cheese and parsley. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

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