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Roasted Vegetable Ziti Bake

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  12 Servings
Roasting the eggplant and peppers limits the fat in this veggie-filled comfort meal, while red pepper flakes add a spicy touch to the sauce.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1 pound eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium sweet yellow peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Sauce:
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
2 teaspoons olive oil or canola oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1 package (16 ounces) ziti or other small tube pasta
4 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
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DIRECTIONS
In a 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray, combine the eggplant, red onion and yellow peppers. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with salt. Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees F for 35-45 minutes or until edges of peppers begin to brown, stirring every 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute onions in oil until tender. Add garlic, red pepper flakes and fennel; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, parsley, salt, pepper, sugar and thyme. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.


In two greased 2-quart baking dishes, spread 1/2 cup sauce each. In each dish, layer a fourth of the pasta, a fourth of the roasted vegetables and 1/2 cup sauce. Top with 2 cups spinach and 1/2 cup sauce. Top with remaining roasted vegetables, pasta and sauce.


Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until heated through and cheese is melted.


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Recipe reprinted by permission of Reiman Publications, LLC. © 2002. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   12 Servings
Calories: 230
Fat. Total: 5g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 40g
Sodium: 497mg
% Cal. from Fat: 20%
Cholesterol: 5mg
Protein: 10g
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Rating: 5
by: Vickie Reviewed: 01/25/2010
Do over
This is a definite do over & over & over at my house. Had some nice background heat. Did use fire roasted diced tomatoes because I had never had them before.It took a coordinated effort to pull this off in my tiny kitchen, but it was well worth it !!!
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