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Spinach Manicotti with Ham Recipe

Spinach Manicotti with Ham Recipe

“Everyone raves when I serve this. It’s like something you’d find at a fine Italian restaurant, but can quickly cook at home instead. It’s great with salad and bread.” Michele Nadeau - Monroe, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed manicotti shells equals 468 calories, 23 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 885 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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