Spinach Baked Ziti Make Ahead Freezer Meal
Start the new year healthier and organized with our Spinach Baked Ziti freezer meal recipe! This Spinach Baked Ziti is a healthy make ahead freezer meal that is lightened up with ground turkey in place of ground beef, and fresh baby spinach to ensure you get your daily serving of vegetables. It's still total comfort food though with lots of delicious tomato sauce and a a mixture of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese on the inside and fresh mozzarella melted on top. It's a freezer meal that everyone in the family is going to love!
- 16 oz. Ziti
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1.5 lb. Ground Turkey
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp Salt divided
- 5 oz. Baby Spinach fresh & steamed
- 45 oz Pasta Sauce divided
- 1 c Parmesan grated
- 8 oz. Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 4 oz. Fresh Mozzarella sliced
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and ziti. Cook according to package instructions. Once it is cooked drain water and place ziti back in the pot. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and ground turkey. As turkey cooks add 1 teaspoon of salt and Italian seasoning. Once turkey is browned remove from heat and drain grease.
Add cooked ground turkey, 35 oz. pasta sauce, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and steamed baby spinach to the pasta and gently fold together.
Grease the inside of a disposable aluminum pan and pour the ziti mixture into it. Top with the last 10 oz. of pasta sauce and the sliced mozzarella.
Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and place in freezer.
When ready to eat remove from freezer the night before and let the Spinach Baked Ziti thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove plastic wrap and cover the dish with aluminum foil then bake for 25-35 minutes.
Remove foil and continue to bake for 20 minutes more or until sauce is bubbling and dish is heated through.
Let stand for 10 minutes and then enjoy!
Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1555mg | Potassium: 844mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2215IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 340mg | Iron: 3.2mg