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Three Cheese Spinach Manicotti

Updated on March 8, 2016
3.9 stars from 10 ratings of Cheese and Spinach Manicotti

This cheese and spinach manicotti recipe is delicious and healthy. Adding a tossed salad and garlic bread will make this into a complete meal. I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 6-8 servings 2-3 shells

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 pound mozzarella cheese, diced
  • 1/2 Tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 10 ounce package spinach, fresh and chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup parmesan, for topping
  • 24 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package manicotti shells
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Add all ingredients reserving sauce and shells. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Par-boil the shells following package directions. Drain and cool by flushing with cold water. This stops the cooking process and leaves them cool enough to fill. These should not be completely cooked as that makes it harder to stuff the shells and they will be cooked more when you get the filling in them.
  3. Prepare glass casserole dish or baking pan by smearing a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. This will keep the shells from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Fill par-boiled shells with mixture using either a teaspoon while holding the shell cradled in your hand or by inserting the mixture into a plastic bag, snipping a corner off and squeezing into the shell.
  5. Line the shells up in the pan touching but not crowding each other. When they are all in the pan, mix the remaining mixture with the rest of your sauce plus one cup of water. Pour this over the shells, making sure to cover every bit of the shells. Any parts of the shells any of the shell not covered will be hard and crunchy. You want to avoid this. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle a cup of shredded parmesan over the top, letting it melt. Let sit for 10 minutes to firm up before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 2-3 filled shells
Calories 471
Calories from Fat90
% Daily Value *
Fat 10 g15%
Saturated fat 12 g60%
Unsaturated fat 7 g
Carbohydrates 47 g16%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 22 g44%
Cholesterol 69 mg23%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      sehoy, I am so happy that you like this. I made it just a couple of days ago. Thank you for coming to visit.

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      sehoy 

      4 years ago

      Becky, I can't stop making this! I love it!! Just wanted to let you know that I an still enjoying this! hehe thanks!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      sehoy, i love that you are letting me know that you liked this. I don't hear back from people that try my recipes often. Thank you for coming by to let me know. I appreciate that.

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      sehoy 

      4 years ago

      Becky, I made this for dinner last week and it was was absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe. Loved it!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      lovedoctor926, I hope you love this. Thank you for coming by to visit.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Frank, I am delighted that you like this recipe. I appreciate the ranking and the visit.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Simply delicious! thanks for this recipe and for sharing Frank.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Becky had to give you a five on this cheese spinach recipe awesome

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      nArchuleta, Glad you like the recipe. No, I have not tried making this one with other cheeses, but I have with the meat one I use. It is wonderful with different cheeses. I always encourage experimenting with a recipe and making it your own. Try it many different ways and enjoy it. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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      Nadia Archuleta 

      5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      This looks so yummy! Have you ever tried making it with one of the other Italian cheeses, like a fontina? Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Lisa, I am not vegetarian but I do know what they will eat and not. This will be a wonderful recipe for your daughter. Check Hyphenbird's hubs for more recipes. She is a raw vegan but some of her recipes look good to me anyway. She ia a lovely woman and I think you will like her hubs. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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      Lisa Chronister 

      5 years ago from Florida

      This sounds awesome! I am actively looking for new vegetarian recipes, because my middle daughter decided a month ago that she wanted to become a vegetarian. Thanks for sharing!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Rosemay, you can put chopped spinach in the other one also. Depending on if you want meat and cheese or just cheese. Glad to see you back, feeling a little better. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      This sounds like a winner becky. We love spinach and this is another great recipe to use it in. Thanks for sharing it with us

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      b. malin, LOL, It doesn't matter if you are vegetarian or not. This is just one of two manicotti recipes I put up. The other one has meat in it. Make some of each or just one flavor. Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

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      b. Malin 

      6 years ago

      I LOVE Italian Food, but I'm not a Vegetarian, however, I LOVE SPINACH! Put Tomato Sauce over it...and I'm in Heaven! So Becky, this Recipe would definitely be a Hit with Me...Lover Man, might take some coaching...But I'm game to try it! Thanks for sharing

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hyphen, I put this one up just for you. I knew you would love it. Thanks for coming to visit.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Cheese, spinach, pasta, what's not to love?! Enough said.

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      prasetio30 

      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love spinach and I found another delicious recipe of spinach here. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for share with us. Vote and shared.

      Prasetio

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      That is why we should never get their recipes Peg. lol. We are supposed to let them keep it so they can cook for us occassionally. He will never make it again. lol. Glad you like and so glad you came to visit.

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      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This makes me hungry. Now I'm craving me a big plate of Manicotti. I love this recipe! Yummo. It was the first dish my hubby ever made for me when he invited me to his house for dinner. Since he finally gave me the recipe, I'm the one who makes it now.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hope you enjoy it. Thanks for coming to visit.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this great recipe

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Hi Ruby, This is good and if you love cheese, it is great. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      shiningirisheyes, I agree with you 100%. Manicotti is da bomb. Thanks for coming to visit.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      teaches, I cheated on the picture. That was my meat manicotti, I haven't made the cheese lately. I didn't figure there was much difference in the look of them. Thanks for coming by to visit.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This really looks good Becky. I love cheese. Thank you for sharing..

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Anything with manicotti as the ingredient is for me!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Wow, this looks so good! You must have had a great time the day you made this. Very healthy recipe suggestion.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      writer20, It is delicious and good for you also. Enough vegetables and protein to keep you healthy. Thank you for coming byy to visit.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This sounds delicious. I'm going to print it for late on.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      weestro, You need to check out Hyphenbird's hub for vegetarian meals. She is vegetarian and posts quite a few. Glad you find this interesting. Thank you for coming to visit.

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      Pete Fanning 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I've been looking for new vegetarian meals to try, this looks amazing! Voted up, interesting, and useful!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      algarveview, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, Becky, it seems delicious and I love cheese, so I definitely have to try it... Voted up and sharing! Have a great day!

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I would spoil them with good food but they drive me nuts and I have quit cooking. Dennis has decided to get picky and won't eat anything I cook anymore. Smack him for me, will ya? Just kidding, they all want me to cook a lot more and I have two Mexican style dishes all ready except for pictures. I have to make them when I get a chance. I have to make them without the olives of course. Glad you came by to visit and I didn't even have to tell you I published this time.

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      mckbirdbks 

      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Becky this recipe looks very appetizing. Sounds like you spoil the family with all this good food of yours.

    • Becky Katz profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Alicia, I published the meat and cheese version and discovered that there was not a space for putting a different ingredient list for variations. I did this hub for the cheese variation. I have made both for parties when we needed several pans. This is very good no matter which one you decide to use. Thank you for coming by to visit.

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The combination of this manicotti and garlic bread sounds delicious, Becky. I do like cheese, especially when it's combined with tomato, so I'm sure that I would enjoy this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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