Rachel's Recipes

Spinach Pesto Manicotti

Posted on: October 27, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve updated. Without further ado, a recipe from Betty Crocker.

If I make this again, I’ll substitute Italian sausage for the beef. While the  beef was tasty, it just needed a little more flavor to really elevate this dish.

Ingredients

8 oz manicotti, prepared according to the package’s directions while making the filling, rinse with cold water to cool
1 lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef (I will substitute sweet Italian sausage next time)
9 oz frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain and chopped
4 oz mozzarella cheese, diced (I used 1 cup shredded mozzarella)
1/2 cup pesto
1 egg
1 jar pasta sauce

Directions
Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, combine beef, spinach, cheese, pesto, and egg. Season with salt and pepper (I also added garlic powder) and mix well. To stuff, place beef mixture in resealable freezer plastic bag. Seal bag and cut a hole in bottom corner of bag.

Fill each manicotti by squeezing beef mixture into manicotti. Place filled pasta into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Pour pasta sauce over manicotti. Cover with foil.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until beef is cooked through.

Source: Betty Crocker

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