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Meatless Baked Ziti

The Herbeevore
A fantastic meatless side dish for any party or holiday gathering!  This vegetarian comfort food will WOW your guests and satisfy vegetarians & meat-eaters alike.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dinner, Holiday, Pasta
Cuisine Italian, Vegetarian
Servings 8
Calories 366 kcal


  • 1 13 x 9 baking dish


  • 1 (16 ounce) Box Ziti noodles use gluten free
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese (For Vegan Option: sub 1 cup cashew cream)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided (For Vegan Option: sub plant-based cheese)
  • 1 cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 32 ounces marinara sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook the ziti al dente according to package directions.  Drain, rinse under cold water, and set aside.
  • In a large bowl combine the olive oil, garlic powder, zucchini, ricotta, half of the mozzarella, parsley, spinach, and mushrooms.  Mix together well so all the vegetables and cheese have combined.
  • In a deep 13x9 inch baking dish, layer 1 cup tomato sauce, half of the pasta, half of the cheese/vegetable mixture. Repeat again with another layer of sauce, pasta, and cheese. Sauce one more time for the final layer, and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes covered, and an additional 20 minutes uncovered until pasta and cheese becomes hot and bubbly.
  • ***If making ahead of time, follow steps 1-4, then wrap the baking dish in tin foil and refrigerate for up to 2 days. When ready to bake, follow step 5.


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Calories: 366kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 8gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1574IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 169mgIron: 1mg
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