I’ve always considered myself a pantry cook. Meaning, I don’t really create recipes, I grab and dump. I’ll stare in the pantry for a few hours minutes then come up with some random meal. If all goes well, it turns out pretty good.
My recipes always have a little of this and a little of that.
This one has a surprise ingredient…Marsala Wine.
You may be thinking that I’ve lost my mind…but it adds the perfect kick to the sauce.
Here lies the problem of my pantry cooking method, I don’t write down how much of something I put in the recipe. I tell you this, because it’s really hard to screw up any of my recipes. If you really like garlic, add more. Have a date later? leave it out. Don’t have fresh onion? Used dried.
You get the point.
Hell, you’ll probably just make it better! (If you do, I want to hear about it!)
Baked Ziti Marsala
1/2 Box Ziti, uncooked [I used Rigatoni, but any tube pasta will work]
2t Garlic Powder
1t Dried Oregano
1t Dried onion
1/2 Jar Pasta Sauce
1T Marsala Wine (Or any red wine)
1/4 C Parmesan Cheese, shredded (1T reserved for before baking)
3 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach
1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella
Dash of Panko (Or any breadcrumbs)
Cook the pasta according to the boxed instructions.
While the pasta cooks, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Warm some pasta sauce over medium heat. I added dried onion, garlic powder, and dried oregano while it was warming up.
Once the pasta sauce starts simmering, add about 1 Tablespoon Marsala wine or other Red Wine. Allow the sauce to simmer until the alcohol cooks down and the sauce thickens. Add the parmesan cheese. Allow to simmer a few more minutes.
Once the pasta is done cooking, drain and add back to the pot. Stir in 3 cups Spinach and keep warm until the Spinach has wilted.
Once wilted, add the sauce and toss to coat.
Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray and add pasta mixture.
Add mozzarella, the remaining 1T Parmesan, and a sprinkle of breadcrumbs (I used Panko). I also sprinkled a dash of dried Italian herbs over the top. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. You want the cheese to melt and start to brown.
Serve and Enjoy!
*By the way…this makes great leftovers. If you have any left, that is.
SHOWING THE LOVE!!!