Baked Ziti With Spinach and Tomatoes Recipe Review


  • 3/4 pound hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can diced peeled tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pesto sauce
  • 10 ounces ziti or penne pasta (about 3 cups), freshly cooked
  • 8 cups spinach leaves
  • 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)

For directions, visit Epicurious.

Recipe Notes:

I almost always substitute 1 pound of sliced mushrooms (white or baby bella are my favorites) for the sausage and make this into vegetarian dish. Sometimes I make it with both mushrooms and sausage. I’ve also substituted cubed eggplant with delicious results.

I usually use frozen spinach, because I’m more likely to have it around the house.

Recipe Review:

Since stumbling on this recipe on Epicurious years ago, this has become a favorite dinner of my husband and me. It’s delicious, easy to make, and fairly healthy. I especially like the addition of the pesto.

My rating: (5 / 5)


Pasta al Cavolfiore Recipe Review


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 cauliflower, broken into florets
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 lb pasta
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups mixed grated Parmesan and cheddar cheese

For instructions, please check out the Moosewood Cookbook:

The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen's Classic Cooking) (Paperback)
by Mollie Katzen

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Recipe Notes:

This recipe is pretty forgiving of substitutions. I rarely have tomato puree on hand, so I almost always use crushed tomatoes or even diced tomatoes. Still good. I often omit the butter in favor of additional olive oil. Still good. I almost always reduce the cheese. Still good. I usually use spaghetti, but sometimes mix it up with shells (as shown here), bowties, or other types of pasta. Still good.

Recipe Review:

This recipe has been a family favorite for as long as I remember. It’s one of my dad’s favorite meals, and since getting married and starting my own family, it’s been in our regular rotation as well. It’s easy, healthy, and delicious. Though it does take a little longer than boiling some noodles and opening a jar of Prego (or jarred sauce of choice), it’s more filling, and has the additional advantage of filling you up mostly on low calorie cauliflower instead of high calorie pasta.

My rating: (5 / 5)