Thursday, September 25, 2008

Spinach Manicotti

Made this a couple nights ago. Definitely have to love spinach to like this :-) I'm actually not a huge fan (of spinach) but still like it!


8 dried manicotti shells
1/4 cup sliced green onion (2)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
11/3 cups milk
3 ounces process Swiss cheese, torn
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 beaten egg
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Drain. Cool manicotti in a single layer on a piece of greased foil.

2. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan cook green onion and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add Swiss cheese and broth, stirring until cheese melts.

3. For filling, in a medium bowl stir together egg, spinach, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and lemon peel. Use a small spoon to fill manicotti shells with filling. Arrange filled shells in a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over filled shells.

4. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

5. Makes 4 servings

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