Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins
I found this recipe on the Redbook website and it is delicious!
- 10 manicotti
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 10 ounces fresh spinach, torn into pieces
- 1 cup white beans, drained
- 1⁄4 lb smoked mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
- 1. Cook manicotti shells following package directions; drain and set aside to cool. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13- by 9-inch baking dish.
- 2. In 2-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper; cook 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened sauce forms--about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- 3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add spinach and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and cook until spinach wilts--about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in beans, mozzarella, dried tomatoes, and 3/4 cup of reserved sauce.
- 4. With teaspoon, stuff manicotti with vegetable-cheese mixture and arrange in buttered dish. Stir water into remaining sauce and pour over manicotti. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 20 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly and bread crumbs are lightly browned. Serve hot.
This recipe is not difficult to make, but it is somewhat prep intensive. While we liked the final result, we didn't love it enough to have again. The bechamel sauce was a bit plain. This was worth a try and was a good way for me to use up some leftover smoked mozzarella.
This was wonderful!! The beans gave it great texture. I did add sauteed mushrooms to the filling. I took this dish to work and my co-workers absolutley raved about it! Manicotti is difficult to work with but it is well worth the effort. After assembeling the manicotti, I covered it, placed in the pan in the refrigerator and took it out the next day to bake and take to work. It was terrific!