Thursday, March 26, 2009

Frugal Recipe: Spinach Manicotti!

Gooey Delicious Cheese!

Here is my secret (okay, not so secret anymore!) Manicotti Recipe !

  • 1 -Box of manicotti noodles
  • 1 -Jar of Tomato Sauce
  • 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • Shredded Cheese (mozzarella)z
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4- tsp pepper
  • 1 T basil
  • 3 T Parmesan cheese
  • 1 - 2 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1 package (or 1/2 package if you're not really into it) of frozen spinach
Preheat oven to 350'. Cook manicotti in salted water for 7 minutes. Strain manicotti and rinse in cold water to stop cooking. (It will continue to cook in the oven.) Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 in pan with a thin layer of tomato sauce. In a medium sized bowl combine ricotta, spices, garlic, parmesan cheese and about 2/3 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese. Cook spinach according to directions and add to bowl. Scoop filling into a pastry bag (or in a plastic bag with a corner cut off) and fill noodles. Cover the noodles with more tomato sauce and top with additional shredded cheese (we like to mix it up and add a little cheddar.) Cover with foil and cook 30-35 minutes or until bubbly!