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Pasta Spinach bake

I have always tailored meals to my 9 kids and what they are willing to eat as well as what they like. I had a bakery of sorts on one of the compounds in Riyadh, made sweets for a very wealthy man three times a week, had dessert nights with lady friends on the compound, but the most fun and rewarding cooking has always been for my kids!  So I am always trying to create new and different recipes or tweak ones so that they will like them. While comfort food for the kids tends to be rice and some type of Arabic food, they also love pasta. So, this pasta with homemade Marinara sauce, ricotta and layers of vegetables is a big hit with the kids!

After you read this recipe it might occur to you that this seems like lasagna, well it is! I find I can add spinach and more vegetables  and call it pasta bake, the kids love it and don’t question the vegetables much!

Ingredients

1 batch of Marinara sauce of your choice- I have mine listed under favorite recipes

1 package pasta of your choice

1-15 ounce container ricotta cheese

1 cup frozen spinach cooked according to package directions

1 zucchini, peeled, washed and sliced

1/2 tsp. basil

1 tsp. salt or to taste

1 onion chopped

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a bowl, mix the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach and 1/4 tsp. salt

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Boil the pasta until done, but firm, drain. Mix pasta with ricotta mixture.

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Saute onion in olive oil, add zucchini, salt and basil. Cook until soft.

In a 9X13 ovenproof pan, pour enough sauce to cover bottom of pan.

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Spoon enough pasta to make a layer,

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Top with  a layer of vegetables, sprinkle a little mozzarella cheese, continue layering pasta, vegetables, cheese and sauce. One half of this pan is no cheese that is why it looks different!

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Cover well and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.

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69 Comments Post a comment
  1. Such a classic combination of spinach, pasta, tomato and mozarella – with the basil too… I can smell how delicious this is from London!!
    Emma 🙂

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    September 25, 2015
  2. OH! Yes!

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    September 25, 2015
  3. This looks yummy,Lynz…My son loves pasta with tomatoes ,do you have any recipe in your list ….

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    September 25, 2015
  4. Oh yes Lynz, go girl!

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    September 25, 2015
  5. My lady, I shall be visiting your kitchen in my dreams one of these days 😄

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    September 25, 2015
  6. What a yummy pasta dish and I love the addition of spinach 🙂

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    September 25, 2015
  7. Homemade Marinara sauce, ricotta and layers of vegetables is a big hit with me also! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

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    September 25, 2015
  8. Oh my!!❤️

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    September 25, 2015
  9. This looks very delicious Lynz 😀

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    September 25, 2015
  10. omtatjuan3 #

    Now I’m hungry

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    September 25, 2015
  11. Oh YUM! Love the ricotta addition, Lynz!

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    September 25, 2015
  12. I love baked pasta dishes, this one looks delicous.

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    September 25, 2015
  13. Yum!

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    September 25, 2015
  14. Really nice Lynz 🙂

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    September 25, 2015
  15. Looks amazing!

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    September 25, 2015
  16. This looks and tastes delicious

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    September 25, 2015
  17. Ah Lynz yum yum yum, I do almost identical, but with tuna and not Spinach, I really like the inclusion of Spinach.
    Do you think it would work with Kale – as this has just hit the markets this week, and you know how I like to eat seasonally. xx

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    September 26, 2015
  18. With 9 kids you must have had one that didn’t like cheese. I imagine it was a challenge making meals they would all enjoy. I like the idea of a pasta bake, it could more easily be made ahead. Great idea.

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    September 26, 2015
  19. Another super -delicious pasta dish. I like the choice of cheeses and I love basil. Thank you for sharing this.

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    September 26, 2015
  20. Lynz this is truly very awesome 😊😊😊

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    September 26, 2015
  21. Yum! I think I can do this one :))

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    September 26, 2015
  22. This looks wonderfully delicious!! 😀

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    September 26, 2015
  23. How delicious is that !!! lovely!

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    September 26, 2015
  24. Looks good to me! I should think with 9 kids you can’t afford to make things they don’t like?!

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    September 27, 2015
  25. Jellyfish Mama #

    Ok this sounds amazing! I love pasta, though my husband isn’t a fan.. Yet :p I will definitely try this recipe!

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    September 27, 2015
    • thanks so much! hope you like it. My kids are used to rice and arabic bread but they do like pasta as well!

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      September 27, 2015
  26. Baked pastas are one of my favorite things. Ever. Love, love, love!

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    September 28, 2015
  27. This reminds me of the very first dish my nephew learnt how to make, back when he was still in primary school (under supervision, of course). He’s quite a finicky eater so my sister hoped that he’d eat if if he’d made it himself! It worked… mostly. 🙂 He’s cooked it for me a few times when I’ve visited. I might have to show him this version.

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    September 28, 2015
  28. Oh yummy! My weakness!! Pasta! I think I know what I’m having for dinner tonight:p

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    October 2, 2015

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