Baked Ziti with Crème Fraîche and Spinach

Maybe I should be sharing a spooky recipe for today, but I wanted to share this because it is recipe you can make ahead. Basically you can follow the recipe below right up until the step where you bake it, and then just refrigerate it until you are ready to bake it. It might take a little bit longer to bake since it is cold, but I did it the day before and it was still great. So, if you’re getting kids or yourself ready for trick or treating, you can assemble this the day before or in the morning, then pop it in the oven while you get ready. Eat, then go enjoy some treats!

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Aunt Lulu’s Baked Ziti

My Aunt Lulu always makes baked ziti for our family functions. It is a tradition for everything: Thanksgiving, Christmas, family dinners, you name it. I think part of the reason is we are Italian, but the other reason is that we love it so much. It is simple, but so tasty! I finally asked her for the recipe this past Thanksgiving. I made it as soon as I got home. Next time I need to add more sauce. I was being frugal because I needed to save some for meatballs I made. Oh well. It was still good. I also plan on adding more cheese, which is why I made sure to note the amounts in the recipe below. My aunt’s directions were a bit more “a little of this and a little of that” because she can make it by memory.

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