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Hearty Manicotti
Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 15 min.
Cook time: 30 min.


8 - dried manicotti shells
1 - package (10-ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 - carton (15-ounces) ricotta cheese
1 - egg
1/2 - cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 - teaspoon garlic salt
1 - can (12-ounces) Tomato Paste
1 - Tablespoon Italian herb seasoning
1 - cup shredded mozzarella cheese


Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Preheat oven to 350F.

  • In a bowl, combine your spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, Parmesan cheese and 1-teaspoon garlic salt. 
  • Spoon into cooked manicotti shells and place in 12x8 inch baking dish.
  • In a bowl, you want to add the tomato paste, Italian herb seasoning, remaining garlic salt and 1-1/3 cups water. 

  • Pour over manicotti. 

  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake, uncovered, in oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.

Picnicking & Tailgating

Prepare the sauce a day or two ahead.  Reheat in microwave and pour into a thermos to keep hot.  Prepare the noodles the day of the picnic or tailgate party.  Then place in hot thermal container to keep hot.  At your site, just put the sauce and spaghetti together. 

Just put the grate cheese in a plastic container and into the ice chest to keep chilled.  Sprinkle over the spaghetti when ready to chow down.


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