So when we were planning our meals for this week, I had just to get all the ingredients I had in my dream to make this dish. There were a few vegetables that I had I wanted to put in this dish, but once I started making it they didn't seem to go. But what I added made for a delicious combination of flavors. My sister actually suggested the butternut squash and I am glad she did, because it really compliments the rest of the flavors. Thanks Sister!
Vegetarian Baked Ziti
1 Tbs Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1/2 Onion, chopped (approx 1 cup)
2-3 cups Butternut Squash, cubed
1 small box of Mushrooms, chopped
3 cups Spinach, chopped
16 oz Cottage Cheese
28 oz Smashed Tomatoes with Basil
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
16 oz box of Ziti Noodles
2 cups Part-Skim Mozzarella, shredded
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Heat oil in large pan over medium heat. Put garlic and onion in pan, cook for 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent. Add in butternut squash and cook for another 10 minutes, until the squash is tender, stirring frequently.
- Meanwhile cook mushrooms in a separate pan until cooked all the way through, about 5 minutes.
- Cook pasta noodles according to package directions, set aside.
- Add in spinach and cook another 2 minutes until it is slightly wilted.
- Next add in the cottage cheese and stir until well combined.
- Mix in the smashed tomatoes and the Parmesan cheese.
- Combine tomato mixture to the noodles and stir until well mixed.
- Put half of the mixture in the prepared casserole dish. Then layer with half the mozzarella.
- Put the remaining pasta mixture in the dish and then the remaining mozzarella.
- Cook covered for 20 minutes, then take off cover and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling around the edges.
Hopefully I have more visions of delicious dinners. It was fun to work on my own creation. I used a recipe from Health for the Whole Self to help guide me, but this recipe was mostly my creation.
Are there any recipes that you have had in your dreams? How did they turn out?
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