Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cheesy Spinach & Turkey Ziti

Well, hello! I've been MIA for a few days during the Chicago Blizzard of 2011, Hubby being sick, and getting busy with life. I apologize for accidentally posting this earlier in the day and deleting it. This is one of my favorite new pasta recipes! Definitely a keeper!

Adapted from Your Homebased Mom


• 1 lb Italian sausages (take out of casing)
• 1/2 c chopped onion
• 4 cloves minced garlic
• 24 oz. can of diced, peeled tomatoes
• 2/3 c pesto
• salt & pepper
• 10 oz. cooked ziti
• 4 c chopped fresh spinach
• 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 c grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pan, cook sausage, onion and garlic until sausage is cooked through.

Add tomatoes with juices and simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Stir occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Add pesto. Season sauce with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Lightly grease 13 x 9 baking dish.

In a large bowl, mix pasta, spinach, mozzarella and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Add in warm tomato mixture.

Pour mixture in baking dish and top with remaining 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese.

Bake until sauce bubbles and cheeses melt, about 20-25 minutes.

So good! Seconds, please! : )


  1. Wow -- I'm stuffed from all the Super Bowl foods but this still looks delicious.

  2. This looks super yummy! I love that it uses sausage instead of your basic chicken...which I am SO OVER!

  3. Yum! I am going to have to try this. I make a similar dish with artichokes, spinach, and chicken. I am pretty sure my fam will love this ziti recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi. I'm visiting your blog from Girl Creative! that photo caught my eye, even though it's only 8 AM. It looks delicious, and something I'm planning on making this week for dinner! Thanks. :-)

  5. Hi Lisa,
    Your Zita looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  6. This looks wonderful! Good luck with the snow. My sister lives in Chicago and she said it was CRAZY!

  7. this looks delish! I've been trying to eat more spinach here lately, so this is going to get bookmarked and made here soon. Thanks for posting!

  8. This looks amazing!!!!! :) :) I saw you over at The Girl Creative! :)

  9. This looks really good. I might eliminated the sausage, but I'd love to try it. Thanks for the idea.

  10. What a great pasta dish! I can't wait to try it. Looks easy to put together and packed with flavor. Thanks for linking up to Hunk of Meat Monday!

  11. Ohhh yummy,,, this looks incredible, and you even got a pic of the gooey melty cheese, oh gosh, you tease.

    I love spinach in my pasta, and I'm assuming that you used turkey sausage,,, he he.

    Thanks so much for sharing at **Amaze me August**, I so love having you girl. Make sure to come enter the giveaway too, I'd really appreciate it.

    DO you have any funny stories, come share them with us at REAL moms, REAL laughs.

    Hugs girl!!!

    Bella :)

  12. Great combo and looks delicious!

  13. ok, here it is! it looks delicious, but mostly i am finding it particularly springlike! it must be the colors or something. hope your hubby's feeling better!

  14. Looks yummy! I'm going to bookmark it so I make sure to remember it. We would have to modify it with gluten free pasta, but other than that, I think this would be great for my crew!

    Thanks for posting. I came over from the Tip Junkie linky!

    Have a great evening.

  15. Lisa, everything you make looks so delicious! I wish you lived in my neighborhood so we could swap tastes back and forth! I'm looking forward to trying your ziti recipe. It looks so delicious and flavorful!

  16. Hop on over to the Party! Would love for you to link-up @

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  17. My mouth is watering just looking at that! YUM! Thanks for linking up to Made From Scratch Tuesday!

  18. Lisa, I can't wait to make this! I'm printing and adding to my weekend grocery list for sure. Thank you so much for always being such a wonderful contributor to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesdays. I always know there'll be something to "ooh" and "ahh" over when I visit here!

    Happy Valentines' Day!

  19. Hey Lisa, this was just too good looking.

    SO I HAD TO FEATURE YOU. Come check out your post in my new sidebar section, you will be there until next week girl.

    Thanks for linking up to **Amaze me August** @ Bella Before and After, I really appreciate the support girl.

    Make sure you link up this week, I'm trying to reach 100 link ups, and help me by giving me some feedback with some things.

    Bella :)

  20. Wow, this sounds amazing. Going to try it for sure.

  21. I made this tonight and yep, you're was sooo yummy!!! I used whole wheat penne and it was amazing. I'll be posting this recipe for sure and will make sure I link back to your blog!!


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