Manicotti Florentine

"From Spinach and nutmeg are a classic combination, and they appear here in stuffed pasta bursting with cheese and covered with tomato sauce."
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 13x9x2-inch non-reactive baking pan; set aside.
  • Prepare manicotti according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • Combine spinach, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese and nutmeg in a bowl. Fill manicotti shells with spinach mixture. Place in prepared baking dish. Spoon spaghetti sauce on top.
  • Cover and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until cheese is bubby.

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  1. This is such a nice little recipe. I made this after work yesterday. Start to finish, 1 hour and I had a dinner that tasted as if I'd been in the kitchen all afternoon. Love the spinach in this and I'm not a fan. I had 9 tubes of pasta and just enough filling for those, I used an 7x11 pan and 1/2 a jar of sauce. I also used FF cottage cheese with 1 tsp cornstarch added to it. Perfect....


I didn't start cooking until my early 20's, even though I come from a family of accomplished and admired home cooks. While I grew up watching my Italian grandmother in the kitchen, I remained uninterested in trying anything on my own. As a young lady, I was known for being particularly ignorant in the kitchen, with no idea how to even make a hot dog! All this changed, however, when I got engaged. I realized it was time to let my inherent talents out of the bag. At the time, the New York Times had a weekly column called The 60-Minute Gourmet by Pierre Franey. Each week, I would follow these recipes diligently, and taught myself to cook that way. From there, I began to read cookbooks and consult with relatives on family recipes. At my ripe old age now, I feel I know enough to put together a very pleasing meal and have become accomplished in my own right. Having an Irish father and an Italian mother, I'm glad I inherited the cooking gene (and the drinking one too!). One thing I have learned is that simpler is always better! I always believe cooking fills a need to nurture and show love. After being widowed fairly young and living alone with my dog and cats, I stopped cooking for awhile, since I really had no one to cook for. I made care packages for my grown son occasionally, and like to cook weekly for my boyfriend, so I feel like I am truly back in the saddle!!
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