Delicious! I had to make some changes because the supermarket didn't have ricotta so I substituted it and the cream cheese for drained cottage cheese and mascarpone, which gave it the right flavour and consistency. The recipe was a lot of work but well worth it. I just made my usual pasta sauce and it worked perfectly. Thanks for staring!
Another AMAZING Kittencal recipe. Whenever I need a good recipe for an event or family dinner, I search through Kitten's recipes. Great. Thanks!
Wow! This was great. My husband licked the bowl clean that I mixed the filling in while I was making this - that' how delicious it is! And with the sauce and cheese on top - even better. I used reduced fat for all the cheeses, except real Parmigiana Regiano. I thought, even with the low fat cheeses that it would be too rich, but with the spinach and the tomato sauce it was just right. As another reviewer suggested, I used a zip lock bag with the corner cut off to pipe the filling into the pasta. I found that if I held the manicotti right near the end I was piping into, with my thumb and finger encircling the pasta, I could avoid tearing it as the filling went in. A little fiddly, but I got a lot better as I went along, so another time would be much easier, I am sure. I upped the Italian seasoning and added some extra basil and I used the onion (would maybe use a bit more onion another time.) And I did 1 1/2 times the recipe and it filled 14, so I agree with cooking extra pasta in case. Thanks, Kittencal for a great recipe and thanks for your help on your website, Kittencalskitchen.com.
This was wonderful--even though I substituted with low-fat ricotta and fat-free cream cheese. I also increased amount of spinach. Awesome!
You have made this Italian girl look good, Kittencal! A superb dish! My recipe that I have used for years will be replaced with this one! The cream cheese & spinach really add a lot!!
This is quite honestly the best manicotti I've ever made. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I've been making a lot of your recipes over the past week and each one is a winner!
Have made this recipe at least 5X and love it each time! Don't over boil the manicotti noodles, that makes them too flimsy to handle for filling. Al dente works best, although now I just cheat and get the big shells. The filling in this is out of this world!!
This was delicious!! I havn't made manicotti in over 3 years since the last recipe wasn't to great, but this was pretty easy & great to eat! I did add chicken, cooked it with the garlic & onions, added 1/2 cup feta cheese, and added a little more of the other cheeses so the filling wouldn't dry from the chicken. I also had to double the bake time to get the bubbly sensaton of knowing it's done. Wonderfully done, and my husband loved it too. Thanks for a keeper!!!!
Made this for my ladies Bible study group and everyone loved it. I used jumbo shells instead of manicotti, added chicken, finely chopped the spinach, and added some garlic powder and dried basil to the filling as well. Good recipe, just make sure you taste your filling and have enough seasoning in it :)