Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

"Oh, how I love Italian food! I especially love those dishes like this one, made with delicious cheeses! I use a slightly sweet marinara sauce, but use whatever recipe you like. Delizioso!"
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat, and season generously with salt. Cook according to package directions. Drain and squeeze the excess water from the spinach.
  • Cook the pasta shells until al dente, tender but still slightly firm. Drain and pat dry.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cover the bottom of a 9- x 13-inch ovenproof baking dish with 1 cup of the marinara sauce.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, evenly combine the ricotta, mozzarella, and 1/3 cup of the Parmesan, the eggs, garlic and the spinach. Season with the 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture into the manicotti shell and line them up in the baking dish.
  • Cover with the remaining sauce. Scatter the remaining cheese on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

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  1. This was fabulous! Due to a large family I made lots (2 batches in 1 large tray), so I doubled the ricotta cheese (not the other cheeses) and doubled the spinach. I also left out the eggs (due to an allergy) and swapped for 2 TB of milk. I used my own pasta sauce recipe (doubled that too). Served with garlic bread. A great recipe that has no meat and still creates empty plates. Thanks for posting!


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