stuffed manicotti

Stuffed Manicotti with Tomato Sauce

I have never realized that you can actually get manicotti in supermarkets! I came across this while I was shopping at Walmart and couldn’t wait to try it out! Here is a quick and east recipe for you to try!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 manicotti
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup chopped spinach
  • 1 chorizo sausage - diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup marina sauce or tomato sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the cheese, spinach and chorizo sausage. Season the mixture with olive oil and salt and pepper.

2. Stuff the mixture into the Manicotti, make sure it’s nearly full as the Manicotti can break easily when it’s not fully stufffed

3. In a narrow and shallow pan, scoop the tomato sauce to line the bottom of the pan

4. Place the Manicotti on top of the sauce and bake at 360'C for 30 minutes until it’s fully cooked and the shell is soften.

5. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top when ready to serve

Let’s eat pasta!

Or in this case, let’s eat manicotti stuffed with spinach, chicken, ricotta and mozzarella and baked with a homemade marinara sauce. It’s not hard to make and it does a soul good to snuggle in every once in awhile with a nice plate of cheesy pasta.  

You can prepare most steps of this meal ahead of time and then just pop the casserole in the oven an hour before dinner.  

To create this, I made my cheese and spinach filling and added 2 cups of diced, cooked chicken from last night’s rotisserie chicken. I covered the filling and set it in the refrigerator. As I prepared the marinara sauce I got a big pot of salted water to boil and cooked a package of manicotti to al dente. After the pasta had drained and cooled I filled it with the prepared filling and set aside the filled tubes on a sheet pan. To assemble, I spooned some marinara sauce into several casserole dishes and add filled pasta. The remaining marinara was spooned over the pasta and grated cheese was sprinkled over the tops. I covered the dishes with foil and put two in the freezer and the third in my refrigerator. After I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen I felt smug the rest of the day knowing that my dinner for just the two of us was ready to be popped into the oven an hour before it was time to eat.

Bake the casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 15 or until cheese is melted and beginning to bubble. Turn oven to broil and broil until cheese gets golden. Let casserole sit for 10 minutes before eating.

I’ll drink to that!

Stuffed manicotti! Oh my goodness SO GOOD. I actually made three fillings. All had ricotta and Parmesan reggiano cheese. One had sautéed mushrooms and garlic (mom’s), caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms (mine), and the last was ground veal and beef with basil, sage, oregano, and garlic (dad’s).

Salad not pictured but that was just lettuce mix and dressing.

I repeat, SO GOOD.