Add Baked Ziti with Squash & Mushrooms to your dinner menu repertoire. Butternut squash, mushrooms and fresh rosemary are always a winning trio! Try them in this delicious Baked Ziti with Squash & Mushrooms for eight.
Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add squash and mushrooms; cook and stir 8 min. or until squash is tender. Add garlic and rosemary; cook and stir 1 min. Add broth and Neufchatel; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until Neufchatel is completely melted and mixture is well blended.
Drain pasta. Add to squash mixture in skillet along with the spinach and 1/2 cup shredded cheese; mix lightly. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover.
Bake 15 to 20 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining shredded cheese; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until melted.
Purchasing and Storing Mushrooms
Look for fresh mushrooms that are blemish-free, without slimy spots or signs of decay. When sealed in plastic, mushrooms quickly become slimy and moldy. Remove mushrooms from the carton then refrigerate, unwashed, in a paper bag. The paper will absorb any excess moisture and allow the mushrooms to breathe. Or, remove the plastic wrap from the carton and wrap the carton in paper towels.
How to Prepare Fresh Rosemary and Thyme
Thyme and rosemary stems are woody and undesirable to eat. To remove the leaves in one quick motion, hold the top of the stem in one hand and strip off the leaves with the fingertips of your other hand. The stems do have flavor and can be added to roasted foods, but remove them before serving. Or, try adding the stems to hot coals before grilling to add extra flavor to grilled food.
This low-calorie, low-sodium main dish is the essence of autumn. And as a bonus, the butternut squash provides an excellent source of vitamin A.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 5g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 37g
Dietary Fibers 4g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.