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Italian Baked Ziti with Cheesy Crescent Pinwheels

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  • 30 min prep time
  • 60 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 6 servings
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Have dinner on the table in less than an hour with this hearty all-in-one casserole.

Ingredients

2 1/2
cups (8 oz) uncooked ziti pasta
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
jar (26 oz) Muir Glen™ organic Cabernet marinara pasta sauce
3
cups fresh baby spinach or kale leaves, stems removed
2
cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dough sheet

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning and the salt over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Stir pasta, marinara and spinach into beef mixture until well blended. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cheese and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning until well blended. Set aside.
  • 4 Unroll dough. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly over dough; press into dough.
  • 5 Starting at short side, roll up; press edges to seal. With serrated knife, cut roll into 12 slices; place cut side down on top of cheese in baking dish.
  • 6 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crescents are golden brown and no longer doughy.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 11x7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef, 1/2 teaspoon of the Italian seasoning and the salt over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. Stir pasta, marinara and spinach into beef mixture until well blended. Spoon into baking dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the cheese.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix remaining 1 cup cheese and remaining 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning until well blended. Set aside.
  • 4 Unroll dough. Sprinkle cheese mixture evenly over dough; press into dough.
  • 5 Starting at short side, roll up; press edges to seal. With serrated knife, cut roll into 12 slices; place cut side down on top of cheese in baking dish.
  • 6 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until crescents are golden brown and no longer doughy.

Expert Tips

For a spicier flavor, substitute hot Italian sausage for the ground beef.

Prepare this baked pasta and beef recipe with your favorite pasta shape. Rotini or penne can be used in place of the ziti.

A tossed salad and garlic bread will complete this weeknight meal.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
683.6
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
37.3g
57%
Saturated Fat
15.9g
79%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
92.2mg
31%
Sodium
963.1mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
53.4g
18%
Dietary Fiber
3.6g
14%
Sugars
9.2g
Protein
32.1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
9.10%
9%
Calcium
29.50%
30%
Iron
19.30%
19%
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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