For starters, I made my life easier by baking it in the pot I used to boil that pasta and cut down on plates by eating on the one I used to slice the cheese. Also, unlike conventional ziti recipes you might find online, this one can easily be a single serving.
After I made this, I started to imagine the possibility and versatility of such a simple dish. For instance, you could add mushrooms, fresh tomato, grated romano pecorino or black olives into the mix. Oh... and maybe some fresh basil or mint leaves for flavor.
I can't wait to make this one again after a long day at work (or baking more cake).
Step 1: Go Get Stuff
Some ziti or penne noodles
A jar of marinara sauce
Pre-packaged baby spinach
A stainless steel pot
A wooden spoon
Grated Romano Pecorino cheese
Step 2: Cook the Pasta
Once at a boil, toss a few handfuls of noodle in.
Once in a while give it a stir with your wooden spoon until ready (it should say cooking time on the package).
Once done, pour it out into your colander to strain it.
Step 3: Preheat the Oven
Step 4: Add Sauce
Step 5: Add Stuff
Take a handful worth of spinach. Wash it off under the faucet and also mix it into the pot.
Mix in whatever else you think would be good (see optional ingredients on Step 1 for suggestions).
Step 6: With Cheese on Top
Step 7: Bake
Use your potholder to take it out of the oven and place it oven stove. It is of the utmost importance to use the potholder as the metal handle for your pot that has been sitting in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes is bound to burn you. It is a good idea to leave the potholder around the handle to remind yourself that it is hot.
Step 8: Eat
Gobble it up.