Vegetarian Baked Ziti

Can I just say, “Delicious!” This vegetarian baked ziti recipe is a twist on a classic recipe with no compromise on flavor. Cheesy, creamy and sauciness all meld to create a luscious savory dish.





1 T olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp basil
1 small bag baby spinach
1 lb penne ziti pasta
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese
4 cups marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Place in a large mixing bowl.

While pasta is cooking, heat 1 T oil in pan on medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add minced garlic and basil. Cook until onions are cooked through and transparent. Remove from heat.

Add cooked onions, spinach, ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, marinara sauce to mixing bowl with cooked pasta. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Gently mix all ingredients together. Pour into 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered in oven for 25 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.


Serves 6



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4 Responses to Vegetarian Baked Ziti

  1. Made this recipe and it is a keeper! Found it through a link party, thanks for sharing, it’s a good recipe.

  2. Sharon says:

    If I wanted to add meat….when would be the best time…cook it separate then mix with everything else? My husband loves ziti, but I’ve never made it before and he is a meat lover.

    • admin says:

      Sharon, I would cook the meat with the onions and basil, drain the fat, and then combine with the other ingredients. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!

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