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Spinach Baked Ziti is a healthier baked ziti recipe lightened up with ground turkey and filled with fresh baby spinach. It is topped with perfectly melted fresh mozzarella. It is an easy baked ziti recipe that you can make ahead of time for an easy weeknight dinner.

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Spinach Baked Ziti is a lightened up version of classic baked ziti. I subbed out the ground beef for ground turkey and I filled it with fresh baby spinach, too, for your daily serving of vegetables.  Spinach Baked Ziti is 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 an easy weeknight dinner recipe that you can feel good about feeding the family.

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One of my favorite things about this easy baked ziti recipe is that you can make it into a freezer meal. That means you can prep dinner on the weekend and save yourself a little time during the week or you can make it for a friend who might have something going on in their life.

How to Make Spinach Baked Ziti Into a Freezer Meal:

  1. Use disposable aluminum pans. They are inexpensive and can be frozen and heated without breaking. Bonus, less dishes to wash!
  2. Follow the recipe instructions up until the point where you have assembled your Spinach Baked Ziti. Instead of baking it wrap it tightly in two layers of plastic wrap and a layer of aluminum foil.
  3. Use a marker to write the baking instructions on the foil before freezing.
  4. Place in freezer until ready to cook.
  5. Take your Spinach Baked Ziti out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge.
  6. Bake according to recipe instructions.

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What you will need to make Spinach Baked Ziti:

  • Casserole Dish – You’ll want to use a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish for this recipe. I love a casserole dish with a lid it makes it so much easier to store leftovers.
  • Strainer – This strainer makes it so easy to drain the water from your pasta.

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Servings: 8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Let Rest: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Spinach Baked Ziti


  • 16 ounces Ziti
  • 1 tablespoono Olive Oil
  • 1.5 pounds Ground Turkey
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Salt, divided
  • 5 ounces Fresh Baby Spinach, steamed
  • 45 ounces Pasta Sauce, divided
  • 1 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces Fresh Mozzarella, sliced


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • 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 casserole dish and pour the ziti mixture into it. Top with the last 10 oz. of pasta sauce and the sliced mozzarella.
  • 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: 527kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 1944mg, Potassium: 1055mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2770IU, Vitamin C: 16.2mg, Calcium: 425mg, Iron: 4mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
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