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Spinach Cheese Manicotti Recipe

Spinach Cheese Manicotti Recipe

The creamy cheese filling in these yummy stuffed shells has a pretty flecks of spinach. From Pinehurst, North Carolina, Margaret Truxton sends the recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Set aside.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce.
  • 4. 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 682 calories, 38g fat (19g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 1418mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 7g fiber), 33g protein.

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middjett User ID: 7818954 222477
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"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."

Smcarlock User ID: 7978168 30880
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"This was a really good recipe. I added a shredded chicken breasts to the mixture before I stuffed the manicotti."

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 204336
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2014

"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."

shecooks1 User ID: 6334132 48365
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"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."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 89676
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"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 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!"

whitelion82 User ID: 2403553 30878
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2013

"I've made this many times, always got rave reviews. My only trouble is cooking the pasta so it's not chewy, but still holds up when I try to fill it. I've used the recipe for stuffed shells- works just as well."

Mega Mom User ID: 5808886 87703
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"I followed the recipe exactly as written, other than using fat free cream cheese. It was the most delicious manicotti I have ever eaten anywhere."

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