Cheesy Clam Manicotti Recipe
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Cheesy Clam Manicotti Recipe

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“I created this recipe when I was having company and couldn't decide whether to serve seafood or Italian,” explains Kathy Kysar of Homer, Alaska. “It was a big hit! I usually add a little extra hot sauce to give it that special kick.” TIP: “Try the cream cheese mixture in other types of pasta shells,” advises Kathy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) minced clams
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup spreadable chive and onion cream cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 manicotti shells, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 640 calories, 35 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 1,559 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine spaghetti sauce and hot pepper sauce. Drain one can of clams; add clams to sauce. Stir in clams and juice from second can. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat ricotta and cream cheeses until smooth. Stir in the cheeses, garlic, pepper and oregano. Stuff into manicotti shells.
  3. Spread 3/4 cup clam sauce into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Arrange manicotti over sauce; top with remaining sauce.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Clam Manicotti in Quick Cooking September/October 2005, p44

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 640 calories, 35 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 1,559 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

My husband and I stuffed jumbo shells instead of manicotti and it was delicious!!!

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Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

This was a very good recipe. I will defininatly make again. It was easy but did take a little time stuffing the manicotti but really wasn't as tough as I thought it was going to be. I had never made stuffed manicotti before. I only had one can of clams on hand but still tasted great!

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

This has been one of my favorites for years. Recently, I used the leftover cheese filling for pinwheel appetizers. Very good!

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2010

Amazing. Have made this multiple times using shrimp and it is a keeper!

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