Baked Manicotti

  • Yield: 7 servings

I became chief cook and bottle washer when my wife became disabled in 1995. She was always a great cook. I've co-opted some of her recipes. This is one of our favorites.

Ingredients

1 (8-ounce) box manicotti shells (14 shells)
1 (26-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce with basil
12ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
8ounces Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 (10-ounce) box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
4large cloves garlic, minced
2 small, or 1 large, eggs
1pound ricotta cheese
1teaspoon dried oregano
1teaspoon dried basil
1 (4-ounce) can chopped black olives

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, drain, and rinse. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine 8 ounces of the mozzarella, 4 ounces of the Parmesan, the spinach, garlic, eggs, ricotta cheese, oregano, and basil. Mix well. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Spoon the cheese mixture into the shells, and place them side-by-side in the baking dish. Spread the spaghetti sauce evenly over the shells. Sprinkle the black olives and remaining mozzarella and Parmesan over the sauce. Bake for 50 minutes.

– Guane Groshart, Worland, WY

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