Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tasty Tuesday ~ Red & White Manicotti

You may or may not have noticed one thing missing from TT.......seafood.  There's a reason for that.  I can't stand fish or anything else seafood-y.  Call me crazy, but it's the truth.  This makes Friday's during Lent a bit tricky for this Catholic.  Well my prayers were answered when this weeks edition of "The Leaven" (aka the Catholic newspaper) arrived.  Apparently I'm not the only one who wanted some fish free meals because they listed FOUR yummy recipes to try and I immediately knew I had to try this one!  Unfortunately for Tuesday.....Friday is still days away so I can't actually vouch for this yet, but I'm pretty confident it will be delish!  Enjoy!

Red & White Manicotti
What you need:
1 box (8oz) manicotti noodles
3 c ricotta cheese (12 oz)
2 beaten eggs
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 pkg (9 oz) frozen chopped spinach
1 jar (28 oz) marinara pasta sauce (my fave is Emeril's, it's fabulous!)

What you do:
Boil manicotti noodles according to the package.  Thaw spinach in the microwave and squeeze out excess liquid.  Pour marinara sauce into a 9x12 casserole dish.  Mix beaten eggs, spinach and all three cheeses in a large bowl.  Put mixture into a one-gallon Ziploc bag.  Remove excess air, snip off one of the corners and pipe filling into shells.  Place stuffed shells into casserole and cover with Alfredo sauce (see below).  Sprinkle with dried basil, oregano and additional Parm cheese if desired.  Cover with foil; bake at 350 for 40 minutes

Basic Alfredo Sauce
1/4 c butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 c flour
1/2 t salt
2 cups milk
1/2 c grated Parm cheese
dash of nutmeg

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.  Add flour and stir to combine.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add milk slowly, whisking until smooth.  Add Parm cheese and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly, about 3-4 minutes.

Bon Appetite!


KatiePerk said...

This looks good!! I like a meatless meal every now and then.

Gwen said...

I wasn't always a fish person but within the past few years I love it. This dish looks delicious though!!!

P.S. YAY for new Aunties. :)

ae said...

I love using marinara and alfredo sauce together!

Nikki said...

I've made a very similar dish before and it was great. I'm sure you guys will enjoy.

Jordan said...

Yum! I love salmon but not so much any other fish.. good thing I'm not Catholic I guess! I'm loving these tasty Tuesday's- I'm getting ready to post one too!

ModernMom said...

Ug I gave up carbs this week and this sounds sooo good!

Jules said...

Oh yum! This is a great idea for a Friday meal during Lent. I am not big on seafood either and only like a few things, so I can understand the aversion.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe! I am going to try and make it tonight! Fridays are so hard to come up with a meal during Lent!
You're a life saver!