One-Pot Baked Ziti with Sausage and Spinach
Baked ziti usually requires at least three pots and pans. Wouldn’t just one pot be better?
Why This Recipe Works
We start this easy one-pot meal by browning sweet Italian sausage in a Dutch oven before adding canned tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes. A few pantry staples—minced garlic, dried oregano, sugar, and fresh basil—add complexity and a little heat to the sauce. To eliminate the need for a second pot to cook the pasta in, we simmer it right in the flavorful sauce. To add creaminess and texture to the dish, we stir in a combination of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, along with chopped baby spinach. To finish, we dollop the top with ricotta and more mozzarella and Parmesan and then place the pot under the broiler to melt and brown the cheeses. A sprinkling of fresh basil adds a final flourish.