GastroMami

Learning to cook … one kid at a time

Spinach Manicotti January 12, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — gastromami @ 11:35 am

 

 

 

I love Italian food

And, I think, so does everyone else

There’s nothing like a warm, ooey-gooey, cheesy, saucy meal to make you happy

I really wanted to make stuffed shells, but alas, the grocery store had no “large shells”

So manicotti it was!

 

 

 

This dish is so quick and easy, especially if I am using sauce that is either

A.  Leftover from an earlier dinner

B.  Pulled out of the freezer from one of my “stock the freezer” frenzies

C.  Jarred – sometimes I just love to use “different flavors” of  sauce in place of my own homemade recipe!

 

 

 

 

My basic stuffed shell, or manicotti, recipe is from my mom

and I add spinach (from the freezer!) for extra nutrients and iron

 

 

 

1 (8 oz) container low-fat ricotta cheese

8 oz grated mozzarella cheese

4 oz. grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

10 oz bag frozen spinach, defrosted

one egg

1 box manicotti shells

pasta sauce

 

 

 

 

Boil the pasta according to package directions

 

Combine cheeses, spinach and egg

 

Cover the bottom of a baking dish with a small amount of sauce

 

Spoon the spinach/cheese mixture into a quart or gallon Ziploc bag

Snip the corner of the bag for a makeshift “pastry (pasta!) bag”

“Pipe” the cheese mixture into the pasta

 

 

 

Place stuffed pasta on the bottom layer of sauce

 

Top with sauce

 

 

Bake at 350˚ for 20-30 minutes

 

 

 

 

** This is a perfect “drop-off” for a new baby meal!

 

I have no picture of Ren eating this meal (sometimes dinner can become an all out war zone!)

So here’s one of my “little helper!”

 

 

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One Response to “Spinach Manicotti”

  1. Alina Alfonso Says:

    This sounds so good! I’m going to try it! Thanks! And a big beso-beso to your “little helper”. Abuela.


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