By KelBel on April 24, 2006
Photo by Petite Mommy
Photo by Petite Mommy
"Had this at the Macaroni Grill. It was delicious. This is a copycat version I found online."
Serving Size: 1 (362 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"This was fabulous! I made several changes, because the recipe I was actually hoping to duplicate was Maggiano's Chicken Spinach Manicotti. I doubled the chicken and spinach and eliminated the tomatoes and marinara. I poached and shredded the chicken, and blanched the spinach in boiling water for 20-30 seconds until wilted. I also added about 1/2 cup of asiago/romano/parmesan shredded cheese mixture to the filling. I made my own alfredo sauce, and topped with the 3 oz. Parmesan plus another 3 oz. of the asiago/romano mix. Again, I made a lot of changes but the recipe was a great base and it turned out really wonderful. I think it was even better than the restaurant version!"
"I made this recipe over the weekend. Everyone loved it. And it was easy to make. I used cottage cheese (drained for a couple hours thru cheesecloth) instead of the ricotta and it was fine. Next time I would add some garlic. I might also add some fresh basil to the sauce."
"This is my favorite dish at Macaroni Grill, and when I found this recipe and tried it - with no changes - it was phenomenal! It is very rich, so a little goes a long way. This served with a nice herb foccacia bread and a side salad is a fantastic meal. My husband had one bite and asked when I was going to make it again!"
"After eating this at macaroni grill I had to try it myself. The first time I made it with the tomatoes and they were a bit overwhelming but it was still amazing. I've only made this with a homemade alfredo sauce which you must do! Sauté some garlic in butter then when golden add heavy whipping cream until it starts to boil and then reduce heat while continually stirring. then add shredded parm/asiago/Romano as well as basil and oregano. Stir until cheese is melted. You'll never buy alfredo sauce again. The last time I made this dish I put a few spoons of sundried tomato basil in the filling and it is just right. I've made the pasta from scratch a few times and that is fun but the strorebought manicotti works great too."
"Where is the beef, I mean the chicken?? I found the chicken to ricotta ratio to be way off compared to the restaurant's version. I used 1/2 the ricotta cheese & still tasted mostly like ricotta & spinach cannelloni. I think the recipe needs way more chicken (and less ricotta)."
"Very good, as is. Found as another reviewer did, that egg roll wrappers give the final product a much lighter and delicate quality. Also, instead of combining the marinara and alfredo sauce, I prefer to pour on the marinara and then zig zag the top with the alfredo. Using low fat or fat free cheeses and Ragu light parmesan alfredo substantially reduces the amount of fat in this recipe."
"EASY AND DELICIOIUS.. used large wonton papers instead of lasagna noodles. Add fresh garlic and Tastefully Simple's Onion Onion and a little parmesan cheese to the chicken mix.
Dropped the marina sauce on top of the alfredo instead of mixing. Simply delicious and looks elegant. Served with fresh steamed broccoli and fresh sliced pears w/grated cheddar cheese...A good family meal, the kids 8 and 13th loved it..."
"Love this! I have made it several times with only a couple of changes, homemade noodles, marinara, and alfredo sauces, and omitting the sun dried tomatoes. Excellent, the whole family loves it, thank you so much!! :)"
"Loved this recipe!"
"Fantastic! I sprinkled some italian seasoning on my chicken and baked at 350 for 20 minutes before dicing. I omitted the sun-dried tomatoes and used a larger amount of marinara versus alfredo (about 2 to 1). The result was wonderful. Instead of lasagna noodles I used the large egg roll wrappers available in the produce section of my store. These worked beautifully and are a bit more delicate which is perfect for canneloni."
"I have made this recipe before, and it is spot on to the Macaroni Grill version. The ONLY things I change are making my own homemade sauces (homemade marinara and an asiago cream sauce, which the restaurant uses)and subbing diced roma tomatoes for the sundried tomatoes, I am not a big fan of those. Also, if you have a blender or food processor, put the chicken in there instead of dicing it, it comes out much closer in texture to the restaurant version. If you prefer it chunky, follow this, it's all about what you like!"
"This was a fabulous copy of Macaroni Grill's version- always my favorite when I go there (this sauce is also a perfect copy)! I loved it with sun-dried tomatoes, but ommitted them the second time I made this (hubby is not a fan of them). I doubled the spinach and added some Italian seasoning. This amount made a double batch for us, so I was able to cover one tray with foil and freeze it. Tow weeks later I pulled it out for an easy dinner, and it cooked up just as well as the original night's tray! Thanks SO much for sharing this one!"
"Excellent, and tastes just like the restaurant version. I would recommend cooking the spinach before combining into the mix."
"I used the pre-cooked chicken strips in the meat case - this was excellent!!"
"I found this recipe to be simple to make and wonderful to eat! I made the recipe exactly as it calls for and would not change a thing. I like sun dried tomatoes, but don't like it when their flavor overpowers a dish. I did not think they did in this recipe. Very good!"
"Very good! I omitted the sun-dried tomatoes (don’t like) and the ricotta cheese (cut calories). To make the filling, I cut three small chicken breasts in half and boiled in a saucepan until done then diced it up. I microwaved frozen choppped spinach for about 5 minutes (3 min less than actual cook time) and then added 1/4 cup to the chicken. Added the cheese and spices, mixed well, then stuffed into store bought cannelloni shells. Do use quality brands for the sauce that top the cannelloni, it will matter. I used Bertolli Alfred Sauce w/aged parmesan and also their Marinara with burgundy wine. I have to mention that I cut the ricotta cheese to cut calories but it wasn’t missed at all. I think it might have been too rich for us if I had used it. For the filling, I also bought a block of mozzarella cheese and grated it myself for a more homemade taste. I highly recommend this dish! Thanks KelBel!"
"I made a double quantity of this deliciously flavoursome recipe, and have therefore been able to put some meals in the freezer. I made this almost exactly to the recipe. My only changes were to double the spinach and omit the sun-dried tomatoes (a personal taste preference: I find sun-dried tomatoes a bit sharp), and to add a small handful of toasted pine nuts to the cannelloni filling. We really enjoyed this, and it was very easy to make. Next time, I’ll add some garlic and some herbs, probably oregano and thyme. Thank you, KelBel!"