Easy Cheesy Spinach Manicotti

Who loves cheese?! I DO!!

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For whatever crazy awful reason, I used to never even touch cheese let alone eat it.  What the heck was I thinking?!  I was missing out on the good stuff for far too long.  Obviously moderation is important along with anything in life, but you better believe cheese will continue to be a regular part of my diet from here on out.

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We fully embraced some cheese lovin’ last night with one of my favorite homemade meals – Easy Cheesy Manicotti!  There’s lots of ricotta and mozzarella cheese stuffed in the manicotti shells along with a bunch of mozzarella sprinkled on top.  Talk about one delicious cheesy meal!

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Easy Cheesy Spinach Manicotti

Servings: 7 (2 stuffed manicotti = 1 serving)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: ~55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15-16 oz.) container of ricotta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of manicotti
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350* F. and spray a 13”x7” baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together first six ingredients.
  • Carefully stuff each manicotti shell with cheese mixture and lay them in baking dish.
  • Cover manicotti shells with pasta sauce.
  • Cover baking dish with tin foil and bake for about 50 minutes.
  • Take baking dish out, sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese (1 cup), and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Questions:

  • Do you like cheese?  If so, what is your favorite kind?
  • Have you ever been “anti-cheese”?
  • What is your favorite pasta dish?
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Comments

  1. says

    holy easy and holy yum! i def love cheese and am not sure if i could choose a favorite! i do really like brie though. my hubby and i were just talking about using ricotta cheese in recipes lately, so maybe i’ll have to whip this up!

  2. says

    Love cheese! I like goat cheese with fruit and crackers or a good havarti on a panini.
    I have never been anti cheese but definitely have always ate in moderation , but no I am embracing it more :)
    Veggie lasagna or mac& cheese!

  3. says

    I am weird when it comes to cheese. I really like it when it’s cooked/melted, but not when it’s “raw.” Does that even make sense? So I have no interest whatever in something like cheese and crackers. I don’t like cubed cheese or slices straight from the deli. But put it on pizza, or baked pasta (like this one), or in a panini … and I LOVE it. I know, so weird. But this manicotti looks delicious. And I’m sure Brandon would love it, too!

    • Ashley says

      i totally know what you mean. i could take or leave “raw” cheese, but it’s best when it’s all melty!

  4. says

    Cheese is one of my favorite foods. I definitely eat it everyday! I love all kinds, but feta has always been a favorite of mine. I also love Brie cheese baked in puff pastry for an appetizer when I make a fancy dinner!

    • Ashley says

      my husband is a HUGE meat lover too, and he kept going on and on about how much he loved this meal! so maybe try it without some time, and you might surprise him. ;) otherwise you can always add ground beef/turkey to it!

  5. says

    Oh my goodness. I used to make manicotti all the time. Yours looks DELICIOUS!!!! (Your pictures are really good too.) Thanks for the recipe. I may have to impress the hubby with this. Hugs friend!!!!!!

  6. says

    I’ve actually never had manicotti! and I love cheese although I never think to buy it at the store! My parents would always have a cheese platter and wine before a nice dinner on friday nights, I learned to appreciate good cheese early on!

  7. says

    I love cheese! It should seriously be its own food group. I can’t even choose a favourite… sharp cheddar, goat cheese, feta, and brie are all amazing!

    And this recipe looks to die for! I love any pasta that can be stuffed… spinach and ricotta ravioli is my favourite!

  8. says

    I Looooovvveee cheeeeesssseee :) I am Swiss, afterall! I don’t love American type cheese though. At all. I’d rather a good, stinky cheese with lots of flavor! I love gouda, Grueyere (Swiss), Muenster, goat cheese, laughing cow!

  9. says

    Mmmm, this looks super tasty! I love goat cheese the best I think! So creamy and delicious! I don’t eat much cheese besides goat cheese, so I guess I’m not the best choice to answer that question. Hope you had a great weekend

  10. Estephany says

    That looks delish, I’m a total cheese lover too!! I make a very similar dish but use 2% cottage cheese instead of ricotta…it’s so good and packed with protein!

  11. Dexy says

    What?! Yuuuummmmm!!! Now I’m going to have to make these too :). My husband is going to love you! PS I love Swiss cheese and freshly grated Parmesan and baby mozzarella…..all cheese is grrrreat!!

  12. says

    I am 100% certain that cheese is my favorite food of all time. It always has been and it always will be! (Shh, don’t tell peanut butter I said that!). ;) I love that it’s so versatile; that it comes in a million varieties; that it can be enjoyed sweet or savory; that it’s healthy (hello protein and calcium!)…but most importantly, that it’s so gosh darn ooey gooey delicious! I honestly can’t pick a favorite; I eat it in several forms every day (even though I have a mild intolerance…I just can’t give it up!), and always get excited when I discover a new variety. I even love the stinky ones! :-p But if I *had* to pick a few favorites, they’d be: smoked gouda, goat, feta, cottage and American (only because it’s the BEST in grilled cheese!).

    Your manicotti is absolutely drool-worthy! Thanks for sharing a great recipe; this is one of my very favorite Italian dishes! xoxo <3

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