Easy Spinach Manicotti

Easy Spinach Manicotti @EclecticEveryday

This is a super easy manicotti dish that is fast and simple.  I sliced a piece out of the baking dish so that you could easily see the filling.  The filling is a spinach, ricotta, and Italian cheese blend.  The sauce is a delicious vegetable marinara sauce.  This is a great hearty vegetarian dish. This dish is made in a casserole style, so it resembles a lasagna. For this dish, I do not precook the noodles, I just add extra sauce, and extra water in the sauce to cook the noodles.  I know that there are no boil manicotti noodles, but they do not seem to exist in my part of the world. This recipe will produce a noodle that is al-dente. I find it very delicious. If you like very soft noodles, you should pre-cook the noodles before filling. If you want a more traditional style manicotti, you could precook the noodles and use about half the amount of marinara sauce. However, I love the extra sauce to go with the garlic bread!

Easy Spinach Manicotti @EclecticEveryday

Easy Spinach Manicotti @EclecticEveryday

Easy Spinach Manicotti

Ingredients:

1 package Manicotti Shells
1 cup Italian blend cheese

For the Filling:
1 lb. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup Italian blend shredded cheese (I used a blend that had the following cheeses: parmesan, mozzarella, romano, fontina, asiago, and provolone)
2 eggs
1 lb. Ricotta Cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning spice blend (I used one that had the following spices: oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, savory, and sage)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper

For the Marinara Sauce
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped finely, in food processor or shredded
1 medium green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning blend
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 large 2 lb. can of Italian tomatoes with basil flavor
1 small can tomato paste
Kosher Salt
Olive Oil

Directions:

Preheat sauce pan for marinara sauce. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle saucepan with olive oil. Add carrots and sprinkle with kosher salt. Saute for about 5 minutes. Then add onions and bell pepper and sprinkle with kosher salt. Continue to saute until soft. Add garlic and saute 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 9x13 baking dish. If you have leftover filling, just place it in the spaces between the noodles, so nothing goes to waste. Then 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 degrees. Then remove cover, and spread the additional cup of cheese over noodles, and bake uncovered for another 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted.

I like my cheese slightly browned, so I turn on the broiler in the last few minutes of cooking to lightly brown the cheese.

20 Responses to “Easy Spinach Manicotti”

  1. 1
    doggybloggy — August 19, 2009 @ 4:25 pm

    nice recipe – looks and sounds very tasty – and I am not at 1000 yet – I am only at 900….

    • Angie replied: — August 19th, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

      @doggybloggy,
      that’s still quite an accomplishment

  2. 2
    Kristen — August 19, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

    This looks like a delicious manicotti recipe. We love manicotti but I don’t make it nearly enough.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Popcorn? Delicious Popcorn? (Recipe – Perfect Popcorn) =-.

  3. 3
    meatlessmama — August 22, 2009 @ 3:07 pm

    That looks great, I love spinach and manicotti. I’ve never made it without cooking the pasta first-thanks for the tip!
    .-= meatlessmama´s last blog, Apricot Custard =-.

    • Angie replied: — August 22nd, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

      @meatlessmama,
      thanks!

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    Debra — August 22, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    The site is beautiful!
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    • Angie replied: — August 22nd, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

      @Debra,
      Thanks for your nice comments! Its not pretty if you have an old browser, I am trying to work out the bugs for the older Internet Explorer versions this weekend.

  5. 5
    ValleyWriter — August 22, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

    Looks wonderful! I love the fact that you don’t have to boil the noodles – perfect!
    .-= ValleyWriter´s last blog, Pesto Rotini with Shrimp & Summer Squash (aka CSA Cleanout Pasta) =-.

    • Angie replied: — August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:49 am

      @ValleyWriter,
      thanks, I was trying for a shortcut, we all need to save time!

  6. 6
    Anna — August 22, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

    wow! that really looks delicious.
    .-= Anna´s last blog, Nectarine and Blueberry Crostata =-.

    • Angie replied: — August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:48 am

      @Anna,
      thanks!

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    Divina — August 23, 2009 @ 2:44 am

    Looks tempting
    .-= Divina´s last blog, Banana Walnut Bread =-.

    • Angie replied: — August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:48 am

      @Divina,
      thanks!

  8. 8
    Chaya — August 23, 2009 @ 4:36 am

    I love your sauce. It looks like the ingredients will blend into something delicious.

    Your blog is terrific. It is classy but comfortable. Good luck with it.
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    • Angie replied: — August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:47 am

      @Chaya,
      thanks!

  9. 9
    Kelly at Crock Tease — August 23, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    Looks easy and delicious. I’m a sucker for a red wine marinara. Why do so many recipes keep the wine out of the sauce?
    .-= Kelly at Crock Tease´s last blog, Wet Your Thistle: Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes =-.

    • Angie replied: — August 23rd, 2009 @ 8:47 am

      @Kelly at Crock Tease,
      I don’t know, it does not make sense because I believe there is a certain flavor of the tomatoes that does not come out unless alcohol of some sort is used. If I don’t have wine, I’ll even use beer or vodka, depending on what I’m making.

  10. 10
    sizzlechef — August 23, 2009 @ 8:46 am

    Sounds tasty ! Cheers !
    .-= sizzlechef´s last blog, FishBall Surround Seafood Noodles =-.

  11. 11
    Jessie — August 25, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    very tasty! I love a delicious manicotti, that spinach filling looks really divine!
    .-= Jessie´s last blog, Open Face Steak Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Dressing =-.

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