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Spinach Cheese Manicotti

The creamy cheese filling in these yummy stuffed shells has a pretty flecks of spinach. Margaret Truxton, Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup 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

Directions

  • 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 13x9-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.
Nutrition 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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