Thursday, March 14, 2013

Manicotti Florentine ™

This is a great recipe for spring. 

I've used lean ground beef, but you can use turkey or even vegan meat or just use spinach if desired.  I've used fresh baby spinach which is easier to use than frozen.

2 c fresh baby spinach
1/4 tsp each: salt,  pepper
1 package Manicotti  noodles
2 c ricotta cheese
1 - 1  1/2 c Parmesan cheese (adjust to taste)
1 tsp each:  oregano, basil
1- 2 T Olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
3 c pasta sauce (homemade or jar)
Non stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400.

Rinse and pat dry spinach. 

Cook noodles according to package. Drain in colander, set aside.

Spray non-stick cooking spray in baking dish, set aside. 

Heat saute pan over medium high heat.  Lower heat to medium and add meat, 1 clove garlic, 1/2  of oregano salt, pepper and basil. Brown meat for 6- 8 min. Drain meat,  set aside in bowl.  If using vegan meat or ground turkey, spray saute pan with cooking spray first. 

In same pan heat oil over medium. Add spinach and saute for 5 min. 

In a large mixing bowl combine; meat, spinach, ricotta cheese,  remaining oregano, salt, pepper, basil, garlic. Mix well. 

Pour 1 cup of sauce in bottom of baking dish. Use a spoon to fill the noodles with the mixture. You can even fill the noodles by using your clean hands.  Arrange filled noodles in baking dish. Pour remainder of sauce over noodles. Top noodles with Parmesan cheese. 

Bake for 30 min.

Serves 6. 


Ashley said...

LOVE pasta dishes. I've never worked with manicotti before...must change that!

Chelsea Marrs said...

Love your blog!! And your kitty chef :)

Lail Hossain said...

Never prepared manicotti before. Thanks for the inspiration.

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