- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 8 manicotti shells, cooked and drained
- 1 jar (26 ounces) spaghetti sauce
- In a small skillet, saute onion in oil for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper; beat until smooth. Stir in onion mixture and spinach. Stuff into the manicotti shells.
- Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce.
- Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Spinach Cheese Manicotti
"This was real good. Filling is also good as a lasagna. Just add an egg to the mix. (Found this out when i discovered I had no manicotti shells, but had lasagna noodles). Have made this 2 times now as manicotti and 1 as lasagna, will do both ways again. Changed nothing in the recipe for either way of preparing."
"This was a really good recipe. I added a shredded chicken breasts to the mixture before I stuffed the manicotti."
"Yummy. The recipe yielded enough filling for 12 manicottis--I had quite a bit left over. I had 1/2 jar of marinara that I needed to use, and it was exactly enough to cover the 8 manicottis."
"Great recipe. Added red, yellow, orange peppers as I didn't have onions on hand. Used a sweet basil marinara sauce as the spaghetti sauce and it was terrific."
"Delicious manicotti! I did brown some Italian sausage and add to the sauce, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. Also, I cut the manicotti open and put the filling in....too time consuming to stuff the uncut tube. I put it seam side down in the pan....no one knows the difference when they put a serving on their plate! I've made a lot of manicotti in my time....none was better than this, so I'll be making it again!"