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Italian Baked Ziti with Cheesy Crescent Pinwheels

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 6

Have dinner on the table in less than an hour with this hearty all-in-one casserole. MORE+ LESS-

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

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  • 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 Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
620
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
40%
Saturated Fat
11g
55%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
80mg
26%
Sodium
1140mg
48%
Potassium
730mg
21%
Total Carbohydrate
65g
22%
Dietary Fiber
4g
17%
Sugars
14g
Protein
33g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
35%
35%
Iron
30%
30%
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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