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Better-for-You Cauliflower Baked “Ziti”

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time25 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time45 mins

Better-for-You Cauliflower Baked “Ziti”

 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small florets (about 8 cups)
 1 lb lean ground beef
 1 small white onion, chopped
 4 cloves garlic, minced
 28 oz no salt added tomato sauce
 2 tsp Italian seasoning
 3 cups packed baby spinach
 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese, divided
 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
 8 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

Preheat oven to 400°. Heat large saucepot with ½-inch water to a boil over medium-high heat; add cauliflower. Cover and cook 5 minutes; drain.


In large skillet, cook and stir beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add tomato sauce and seasoning; cook 5 minutes or until heated through.


In large bowl, toss spinach, ½ cup each ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, cauliflower, beef mixture, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper; transfer to 3-quart baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of remaining ½ cup ricotta cheese over cauliflower-beef mixture; sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese.’


Bake 20 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve garnished with basil.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 501mg21%
Total Carbohydrate 21g8%

Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 10g
Protein 31g62%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.