Spinach Manicotti with Ham Recipe
- 12 uncooked manicotti shells
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. For sauce, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, pepper, salt and nutmeg until blended. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
- 2. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, spinach and oregano. Stir in ham; add 1/2 cup sauce. Drain manicotti; stuff with ham mixture. Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with stuffed manicotti. Pour remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
2 each: 468 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 885mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.
Reviews for Spinach Manicotti with Ham
"Once you have cooked the manicotti shells, use kitchen shears to open them up - lay them on a cutting board and add your filling. Place cut side down in the baking pan! No frustrating stuffing the shells!"
"Very good! I hate to stuff those shells so I have a tip to get around stuffing them is to use no boil lasagne noodles. In a oblong bowl filled with hot water, dip approximately 4 lasagna noodles and let them sit for 2 minutes or until they have softened. Lay them out one at a time, placing a large dollop of the ricotta mixture on one end, and then roll them to form the manicotti shape."
"Very good, I have also made this with chicken."
"Great, unique way to use up some leftover ham. Mild yet flavorful. My husband really liked it."