Normally I can’t get my daughter, Leigh, to eat much protein. When I make pasta at home, she usually doesn’t like it with meat sauce, until she tried baked ziti at camp. I added spinach, mushrooms and garlic to this version, but if you’re kids are picky eaters, just omit those ingredients and use an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Spinach-Mushroom Baked Ziti makes a great comforting weeknight dinner.
This recipe is as good as it looks. I developed it for Lauras Lean beef, and I recently made it for television for an Asian-themed cooking show. It is so colorful, easy and a wonderful one-dish meal. Feel free to substitute chicken, shrimp or tofu for the beef if you wish.