Dawn NoltAuthorDawn NoltCategoryTags, , DifficultyIntermediateRating

This spinach manicotti, with its creamy cheese filling, is simple to whip up and will surely satisfy your Italian craving.

Yields1 Serving

 8 oz box uncooked manicotti shells
 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
 red pepper, sprinkled
 15 oz ricotta cheese
 10 oz fresh spinach, chopped
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 1 Nature's Yoke egg, beaten
 26 oz pasta sauce (any flavor)

1

Heat oven to 375 F. Cook manicotti as directed on box. Rinse with cool water; drain well.

2

Place chopped spinach in bowl, add a bit of water, and cook in microwave for a few minutes. (on the stove works as well)

3

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend, red pepper, ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic and egg.

4

In the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 glass baking dish, spread one cup of pasta sauce. Pipe ricotta mixture into manicotti; place over sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.

5

Cover dish tightly with foil; bake about 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling. Uncover dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Ingredients

 8 oz box uncooked manicotti shells
 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
 red pepper, sprinkled
 15 oz ricotta cheese
 10 oz fresh spinach, chopped
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 1 Nature's Yoke egg, beaten
 26 oz pasta sauce (any flavor)

Directions

1

Heat oven to 375 F. Cook manicotti as directed on box. Rinse with cool water; drain well.

2

Place chopped spinach in bowl, add a bit of water, and cook in microwave for a few minutes. (on the stove works as well)

3

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups Italian cheese blend, red pepper, ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic and egg.

4

In the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 glass baking dish, spread one cup of pasta sauce. Pipe ricotta mixture into manicotti; place over sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.

5

Cover dish tightly with foil; bake about 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling. Uncover dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Spinach Manicotti