Spinach and Ricotta Manicotti with Meat Sauce
 
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This dish is super easy to make and everyone comes back for seconds.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce with meat (beef or pork)
  • 1 package fresh lasagna sheets or 1 package of manicotti shells (I used lasagna sheets - easier to stuff)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small package of baby spinach
  • 1 medium container ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. If you are using dried pasta, cook according to package directions and plunge into cold water, drain and toss around on an oiled baking sheet.
  2. Saute the chopped onion and garlic in a teaspoon of olive oil until translucent. Set aside to cool in a large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven 180C/350F
  4. To the bowl of onions, add the spinach, ricotta cheese, 1½ cups mozzarella cheese and ½ cup Parmesan cheese and mix well.
  5. With remaining oil, brush a baking dish well and then add 1½ cups of the pasta sauce to the bottom of the baking dish.
  6. Fill the manicotti tubes or place a line of mixture on a piece of lasagna sheet and roll. (this is way easier than stuffing I think) Then place on top of the sauce in the baking dish.
  7. Pour remaining sauce over the manicotti and sprinkle the top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  8. Bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes until the cheese has turned golden and the sauce is bubbling through.
  9. Let it cool for 5 minutes and the cheese won't be quite so stringy and easier to serve.
Recipe by The Orgasmic Chef at https://orgasmicchef.com/pasta/spinach-and-ricotta-manicotti-with-meat-sauce/