Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes via elisebakesThe filling in these stuffed tomatoes was so good I could have eaten it plain.  It was the perfect proportion of ricotta to spinach (says a ricotta fiend – you could up the spinach if you wanted to) and the Italian style breadcrumbs added a nice salty crunch.Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes via elisebakes

Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes via elisebakesSpinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes:

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 6 Tbsp ricotta cheese
  • 3 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup thawed frozen spinachSpinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes via elisebakes
  • 1 garlic cloved, finely diced
  • pinch of salt, pepper, oregano, and basil
  • Additional Italian breadcrumbs for sprinkling
  1. Cut top of tomatoes off.  Cut into tomatoes, angling in to remove the top of the core.  Scoop out the insides, it may help to rinse the inside out with cold water to remove the seeds.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ricotta, parmesan, spinach, garlic, and spices together with a fork.  Spoon into tomatoes and sprinkle with Italian style breadcrumbs.
  3. Bake in a foil lined baking dish for 15 mins at 375.Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes via elisebakes

Too Easy Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti via elisebakesOkay, all I had was penne pasta but it’s basically the same thing, right?  Easy and delicious; this dish can be whipped up in no time with very little work.  I would usually use homemade tomato sauce, but a jar suffices after a long day!  You can add some sauteed vegetables and garlic to give it a little kick.

Baked Ziti

  • 1 jar tomato sauceBaked Ziti via elisebakes
  • 1 14 oz container ricotta cheese
  • 1 box of pasta, I prefer penne but really any kind works
  • 1-1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on box.
  2. In a bowl combine pasta, ricotta, and tomato sauce.  You can also just combine the pasta and ricotta and spread the sauce over the top – up to you!
  3. Pour in a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 until cheese begins to brown, 30-45 minutes.Baked Ziti via elisebakes