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Easy Baked Ziti

This Baked Ziti Recipe is a healthy classic comfort food with 9 different veggies, can be made ahead of time, and is deliciously frugal! Pairs perfectly with a kale caesar salad and avocado chocolate mousse for dessert!

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This Baked Ziti Recipe is a healthy classic comfort food with 9 different veggies; It can be made ahead of time; And it is deliciously frugal! Pairs perfectly with a kale caesar salad and avocado chocolate mousse for dessert!

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 lb penne, zitii or rigatoni noodles, cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1 cup creamy cauliflower sauce
  • 1/2 zucchini or summer squash, cut into approximately the width and length as a noodle
  • 1 cup baby kale or spinach, loosely packed
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup homemade spaghetti sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In an 8×8 or 9×13 glass dish, spread 1/4 cup of cauliflower sauce even on the bottom.
  3. Line up noodles against each other in several rows. Nestle half of the zucchini or squash strips randomly yet evenly among the noodles.
  4. Sprinkle the top with half of the baby kale or spinach. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of Monterey jack cheese on top.
  6. Scoop remaining cauliflower sauce over the top, spreading gently to create an even layer.
  7. Repeat steps 3-5.
  8. Top with homemade spaghetti sauce and Monterey jack cheese. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until warmed through and the cheese is melted and golden.
  9. Serve hot with freshly shredded Parmesan cheese.

Notes

** To prepare ahead of time, complete steps 2-7. Cover and refrigerate for up to two days. Store in freezer for storage more than 3 days.
** To thaw, bring dish to room temperature and complete steps 8-9.

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