Spinach Cheese Manicotti (Meatless)

"Adapted from Taste of Home magazine. Prep time also includes time to cook the manicotti noodles. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to the mixture, to taste. Make sure you squeeze the thawed spinach as dry as possible."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • In a small skillet, saute onion and garlic in oil for about 3 minutes, set aside.
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, just 1/2 cup of the mozarella, all of the cream cheese, just 4 Tbsp of the Parmesan,the Italian seasoning, and the pepper until smooth.
  • Add the onion mixture to the cheese mixture, along with the spinach (along with a dash to taste of both freshly grated nutmeg and some cinnamon).
  • Fill the cooked manicotti noodles either with a spoon or by piping the mixture (using a decorating bag or a ziptop bag with one end snipped off).
  • Pour half of the sauce into the bottom of a greased 9x13" casserole.
  • Place filled manicotti in the pan on top of the sauce, then pour the remaining sauce over the top.
  • Cover an bake at 350 F 25 minutes.
  • Remove the cover, sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and bake another 5-10 minutes more to melt cheese.

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  1. I made this with the omission of cinnamon and nutmeg. I loved it...hubby did not like the chopped onion (never does). The cream cheese, gave it an extra creaminess. My mom's group loved it! I will make it again. Oh yeah...used jumbo shells instead of manicotti. It made 22 shells.
  2. Delicious! I had enough filling (but I used extra cheese) for 10 manicotti shells which was perfect for us. I also used extra sauce because we like saucy pasta dishes. Thanks for sharing!
  3. My husband hates spinach, but I love it and needed a good recipe that I could get him to eat it in. THIS WAS PERFECT!!! He asks me to make it all the time now, especially when we have people come into town to visit.
  4. I am making these tonight, I added an egg to the ricotta cheese mixture and kinda double the filling amounts because my box of manicotti came in 14 and i had all the whole family for dinner, it was a perfect amount. I also didnt add the cinnamon and nutmeg this time. For the sauce I used my lasagne meat sauce recipe with added sauce to thin it out a little bit....it smells great and looks great, i know it will be awesome! Thanks for this recipe, i searched all over for the one that used all the ingredients I wanted!



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