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Make-Ahead Spinach Manicotti

 Make-Ahead Spinach Manicotti
This is my favorite recipe when company's coming. It's prepared the night before, plus the manicotti is stuffed uncooked, making it even more convenient.
7 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (15 ounces) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 jars (24 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix ricotta, spinach, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4
  • cup Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley and seasonings. In a large bowl,
  • mix spaghetti sauce and water; spread 1 cup into a greased 13x9-in.
  • baking dish.
  • Fill uncooked manicotti shells with ricotta mixture; arrange over
  • sauce. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce mixture over top. Sprinkle
  • with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Refrigerate,
  • covered, overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to

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Make-Ahead Spinach Manicotti (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 350°. Bake, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until manicotti is
  • tender. Yield: 7 servings.
Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 363 calories, 16 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 68 mg cholesterol, 822 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 22 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.