Saucy Baked Ziti with Spinach and Ham

With spinach, ham and roasted red peppers, this comforting baked pasta with tomato sauce is one dish that everyone will love. Store-bought prepared roasted red peppers in a jar cuts down on prep time.


  • 1 lb ziti
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 6 oz baby spinach
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 cups chopped Kentucky Legend Quarter Sliced Ham, Black Forest
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 cups puréed strained tomatoes (passata)
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve 1/3 cup cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook spinach, garlic, salt and pepper for about 2 minutes or until wilted. Transfer to plate.
  3. Add remaining oil to skillet set over medium heat; cook ham and diced onion for 5 to 8 minutes or until starting to brown. Stir in tomatoes and roasted red peppers; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for 5 minutes. Stir spinach into sauce.
  4. Toss pasta, reserved cooking liquid and basil with sauce until pasta is well coated. Stir in mozzarella. Transfer to greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Tip: Substitute kale or Swiss chard for spinach if desired.

Nutrition Information

Per 1/8 recipe
Calories 440
Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 45mg
Sodium 920mg
Carbohydrate 54g
Fiber 5g
Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
prep time
25 MIN
total time
1 HR 5 MIN
6 to 8