Monday, November 05, 2007

Spinach Manicotti

Special for family or for company, it is a lovely cheese and vegetable dish
that is healthy and looks nice on the table too.

You will need a 15 oz tub of ricotta or some cottage cheese

1 package of frozen chopped spinach. Thaw it and then squeeze dry.
1 and 1/2 cups of shredded part skim mozzarella cheese. Divide this portion
in half.
1 egg beaten lightly
3/4 of a cup of shredded parmesan cheese, divide this into 2 portions
2 teaspoons of minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
about 56 oz of spagetthi sauce, your own or bottled store bought.
Parboil* the manicotti.. dont let it get too soft, it should still be
somewhat stiff, but pliable since you will finish its cooking in the

Combine the ricotta or cottage cheese , 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup Parmesan,
the egg, the spices and the spinach and mix.
Stuff the manicotti with the spinach mix.
Layer the manicotti in a 13x9 inch baking dish into which you have poured
half your sauce.
pour a bit more sauce on top, sprinkle generously with remaining mozzarella
and parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 to 50 mins. Check after half an hour to
see how it's going.
Don't let the cheese blacken!
Buon appetito

Parboiling is a technique that is similar to blanching, but takes a
bit longer.
Parboiled food is actually partially cooked. This technique is
especially useful
when you are stir-frying foods that take different amounts
of time to cook.

1 comment:

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