One of our family’s tried and true recipes is this delicious Manicotti recipe. It is such a simple dinner to make and can be on your table in less than an hour. We don’t make it a ton because it is full of cheese, but when we the kids see it on the Chalkboard Menu or see me making it, they always get excited!
Sometimes, if I have a little time I will make my own Red Sauce…but most of the times I will use a bottle of our favorite prepared Spaghetti Sauce. This makes it super easy!
1 pint part-skim Ricotta cheese
8 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Parsley, chopped
1-2 cups fresh baby Spinach
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce
5 1/2 ounces manicotti pasta
- Cook manicotti in boiling water until done. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, and 1/2 cup Parmesan, eggs, parsley, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Pour 1/2 cup sauce into an 11×17 inch baking dish. Fill each manicotti shell with 3 tablespoons cheese mixture, and arrange over sauce . Pour remaining sauce over top, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Bake 45 minutes, or until bubbly.
To make filling the noodles an easy process, simply place your cheese mixture in a Ziploc or frosting baggie (cut the tip off if needed) and then squeeze the filling into the noodles one at a time. As you can see, I don’t fill the noodles all the way full. This way I can get twice as many noodles in the pan. My husband also doesn’t like the noodles totally stuffed. He likes more noodle to cheese ratio.
This time I didn’t end up using fresh spinach because I didn’t have any…but it is always delicious to throw some spinach in your cheese mixture (chopped) or on top of the noodles and then cover with sauce!
Serve with a fresh green salad and some veggies and some Garlic Bread and you have a pretty tasty and easy dinner idea!
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