Easy Spinach Manicotti

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Quick Facts

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 45 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Total: 2 hr.
Angie McGowan
A hearty vegetarian dish that's similar to lasagna. Mop up the extra marinara with garlic bread!

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz package manicotti shells
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • Filling1 lb frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 lb ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Marinara Sauce2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 med carrot, chopped finely or shredded
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 med sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 med green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 2 lb can, Italian tomatoes with basil
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon wine

Directions

  • Preheat sauce pan for marinara sauce. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drizzle saucepan with olive oil.
  • Add carrots and sprinkle with kosher salt. Sauté for about 5 minutes. Then, add onions and bell pepper and sprinkle with kosher salt. Continue to sauté until soft.
  • Add garlic and sauté for a few minutes before adding canned tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, water, and wine. Add more kosher salt to taste. Let this simmer while you prepare the noodles.
  • For the filling, combine the spinach, ricotta cheese, cheese blend, eggs, seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Fill each noodle and place in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. If you have leftover filling, just place it in the spaces between the noodles, so nothing goes to waste. Cover the noodles with the marinara sauce. The pan will be very full. Cover with foil.
  • Place in preheated oven and bake, covered for 40 minutes at 350°F. Then remove cover and spread the additional cup of cheese over noodles and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • If desired, turn on the broiler in the last few minutes of cooking to lightly brown the cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 391
  Calories from Fat 136 (35%)
(23%)Total Fat 15g
(38%)Saturated Fat 8g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
(24%)Cholesterol 72mg
(36%)Sodium 868mg
(17%)Potassium 605mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
(17%)Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 6g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(45%)Protein 22g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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