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The summer has come and gone. While I am still milking grilling outdoors as much as I can, I am beginning to meal plan for the upcoming school year now more than ever.
During the week, we usually make easier meals or even serve leftovers. But on the weekend, we tend to enjoy putting together a bit more complex meals that are savory, hearty and delicious. Being of Italian descent, I am partial to pasta and pasta-like meals. One of my favorites growing up was manicotti. It still is even until this day.
So, with cooler weather finding us here soon, I was craving a yummy pasta dish like manicotti.
Manicotti is a dish that is a bit longer to make. It also can be a heavier meal and higher calorie-wise. The past few weeks, we have been trying to eat healthier here. So, I was also trying to keep that in mind. So, for this meal, we added frozen (drained) spinach to the classic recipe.
Again, it is a bit more complicated to make. So, perfect for a cool fall Sunday to prepare while bumming around the house. It can also be used for leftovers during the week, as well.
I start with manicotti shells and cook them according to the package instructions. Then, I make my manicotti filling with all sorts of scrumptious ingredients. Once the manicotti is stuffed, then they bake for 30-40 minutes.
So, again, a bit of a lengthy process. But so worth it!
Are you ready to try my Spinach & Ricotta Cheese Manicotti?
Then, scroll below to get the full recipe tutorial now.
Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Manicotti Recipe
There you have the perfect meal to make for your family for weekends and special occasions, too.
Do you like manicotti?
Now, share with me in the comments.
William D Holland says
I’m sorry, Janine, but you lost me at spinach. I have some horrible memories of eating spinach as a child. lol Just the smell of it make my stomach flip. Having said that, I will wish you a brilliant September 4th.
Aw I get it to Ryan’s also wishing you a wonderful rest of the day now, too ?
Oh my gosh yum!! I am really lacking in my Italian food cooking skills. I am going to try this one for sure because I pretty much need it in my life. Pinned this bad boy and can’t wait to taste it:)
Aw, yay and hope you enjoy it as much as we do when you do try it now!! Hugs and thanks for pinning, too!! 🙂
Meredith Spidel says
This looks amazing! I am definitely trying this. Thanks for the recipe, Janine!
Aw, you are so welcome, Meredith and hope you enjoy when you do!! Also, thanks for tweeting for me, too 🙂
This is actually the only way I like spinach – with ricotta! And manicotti is an all time favorite around here. I want to surprise my kids making this!
Tamara, we are so twins as I am not a huge spinach fan either. but ricotta cheese certainly makes everything better!! 🙂
Kristi Campbell says
OMG SO YUM. I haven’t had manacottis in YEARS and they were always one of my favorite recipes as a kid. I will definitely try this one – thank you. SO delicious looking!
Aw, you are so welcome and like you, this recipe so brings me back to my childhood, as well 🙂