Spinach & Broccoli Manicotti
Calories: Aprox. 365 Calories a Serving (Serving Size: 2 Manicotti Pasta Tubes)
Music To Listen to While Preparing: Dean Martin
Manicotti Pasta Tubes
Spinach (Raw or Frozen)
Italian Seasoning ( I use Mrs. Dash)
Crushed Red Pepper (opt.)
- Glass Baking Pan
- Cutting Board
- 3 small Sauce Pans
- 1 Large Boiling Pot
Step 1) Prepare Spinach.
If using frozen spinach, be sure to thaw for a couple of hours prior to cooking.
If using fresh spinach clean thoroughly and boil for 5 to 7 minutes. Strain.
Saute spinach. Place spinach in a saucepan on low heat with a crushed garlic clove, a pinch of salt, and a tiny teeny dab of butter.
Step 2) Boil other ingredients.
Boil manicotti tubes in a large boiling pot. Begin to boil one cup of fresh or frozen broccoli in another small sauce pan.
Once boiled completely, strain both the broccoli & pasta. By now, spinach should be warmed. Combine broccoli & spinach.
Step 3) Make marinara sauce.
Open marinara or spaghetti sauce and pour into a saucepan. Spice it up to your liking by adding onion, minced garlic, italian seasoning, garlic salt, or crushed red pepper. If you are using a family size can of sauce, use 2 garlic cloves and heavier pours of seasoning. Stir marinara continuously from time to time while completing meal. Set on simmer to low heat.
Tip: Use garlic salt OR garlic cloves. Not both. We’re not trying to ward off vampires here people-just making manicotti. Haha.
Step 4) Stuff your pasta!
Get out glass baking dish and pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.Carefully lay out all pasta tubes into ungreased baking pan. Hold pasta tube upright, let ingredients fall into the tube DO NOT OVERFILL!
Tip: Chop broccoli into small cubes before mixing with spinach.
If you split some of the tubes during the boiling process, put them into the pan with the slits facing the base of the baking pan. Don’t stress about any breakage you happen to cause though because you will cut the pasta when you eat it anyway.
No one will know but you! 🙂
The good part….
Top stuffed pasta tubes with simmering marinara and parmesan & feta cheeses.
Make sure to remember your serving sizes and the caloric values! Remember: we’re trying to eat healthy here!
Feel free to dust with more italian seasoning if you wish.
Enjoy your italian creation with a small glass of red wine! Grazie for the read guys!