At the end of the week I am usually a little too tired to make a big elaborate meal, so I don't mind getting some help from a box and some pre-made sauce. This meal has become a favorite, quick, go-to dinner in our house.
|Yum, shredded Parmesan|
|Ready to Bake|
adapted from the Barilla Manicotti Box
- 1 box Barilla Manicotti
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 bag (6 oz) fresh spinach, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 jar Barilla Marinara Sauce
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
*I tend to use more than 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese :)
*I also only used half the Manicotti since I am only cooking for two (original recipe serves 6)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook Manicotti 7 minutes; drain and rinse in cool water. Set aside.
Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and let cook for about 3 minutes then stir in spinach; continue cooking 5 minutes. Set aside to cool
Beat eggs lightly in medium bowl. Stir in ricotta cheese, basil and salt.
Spread 3/4 cup Marinara Sauce over bottom of 13x9 baking dish. Fill Manicotti with spinach mixture (use piping bag or zip-lock bag with the tip cut off); place in dish and cover with the remaining Marinara Sauce. Then sprinkle Parmesan over top and bake, covered 30 minutes. Uncover; continue baking 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Hope everyone has a blessed weekend!