Sausage and Spinach Ziti

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This is a healthy and comforting pasta dish. It’s easy to throw in the really healthy veggies like zucchini and spinach because they are coated in delicious sauce.

Ingredients
1/2 lb. Ziti noodles, cooked
2 chicken sausage links (I like hot, but basil, Parmesan, or sweet italian would work great too), cooked through and sliced
2 T. olive oil
1 zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh loose spinach, roughly chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup jarred tomato sauce
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
salt and pepper
shredded mozzarella, optional

Directions
In a large sauce pan, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Add onions and zucchini and saute for about 8 minutes. Stir in garlic. Add spinach and tomatoes. Stir until spinach is wilted. Add the tomato sauce and season with salt and pepper. Add the sausage and ricotta cheese and stir until combine.  Fold in the noodles.

Pour pasta mixture into an 8 X 8 in. casserole dish. Top with mozzarella and bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until bubbling.

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