Easy Hidden Veggie Baked Ziti

If you’re like most moms, getting your kiddos to eat any type of vegetable can be a fight. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have kids that will eat anything… I envy you!

Over the years I have dug into Pinterest for any recipe I can sneak some veggies into. This baked ziti is one of our favs. I usually try to double the recipe so I can make it Sunday evening and we are able to eat on it for most of the week.

This recipe is from Fun Money Mom. It’s super easy, healthy, inexpensive, and delicious!

Easy Baked Ziti with Spinach, Zucchini & Mushrooms


– 1 lb box of ziti pasta

– 2 24 oz jars pasta salad

– 1 lb ground turkey

-1 medium zucchini

– 2 cups spinach

– 4 oz mushrooms

– 8 oz part skim ricotta cheese

– 2 cups part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

– 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

– 2 tbsp parsley

– 2 tsp dried oregano

– 2 tsp dried basil

– 3 cloves garlic, minced

– Extra parsley for garnish if you choose


Preheat oven to 350

Cook ziti according to package. (I use wheat pasta)

Chop zucchini, spinach, mushrooms and parsley. (I have also used canned mushrooms to save time)

Set parsley aside.

Saute zucchini in olive oil for three minutes. Add spinach and mushrooms and saute for two additional minutes.

Cook ground turkey and pour into a large bowl.

Add sauteed mixture, parsley, oregano, basil, garlic, and pasta sauce. Stir.

Cover the bottom of a 9×13 glass pan or casserole dish with a thin layer of the meat & veggie mix.

Add 1/2 of the cooked ziti

Next, add 1/2 of the remaining meat & veggie mix.

Add 1/2 of the ricotta.

Add 1/2 of the mozzarella.


Top with Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese bubbles and turns golden brown.

If desired, garnish with parsley.

Per the recipe, this makes about 12 servings.

I  hope your family enjoys this as much as ours! If you have any delicious hidden veggie recipes I would love to hear them.

Patrice LaBauve
Patrice is a Baton Rouge native that moved to the area to attend UL Lafayette in 2002 and never looked back. Since graduating with a degree in Public Relations she has worked in the insurance business on both personal and commercial sides. Her love of her Cajun heritage made it an easy decision to marry her New Iberia born and raised husband, Matt. They now resides in Youngsville and have two daughters Jolie (9) and Amelie (5) and her bonus son, Eli (14). On most weekdays you will find her running the roads to the dance studio, soccer field or her favorite place, 220 Fitness. The weekends are her favorite family time and are usually spent cooking with her family, watching her daughter show off her goalie skills, checking out any festival around the area, and catching all Saints and Cajuns game. She and her husband are craft beer drinkers, but she also won’t turn down a good Pinot Noir or fancy cocktail. She loves a good philanthropic event, to-do lists, singing in front of people whenever she gets the chance, her gym family and live music. Lafayette has been the perfect place to raise her children and immerse them in the culture she loves.