Thursday, June 16, 2011


Well, hello bloggers! Welcome to Everyday Meals! Today, I felt like making something Italian. I, as stated before, love Italian food. I love food from other cultures. This brought a thought to my mind... I've been posting to Everyday Meals since February. I want to know where you, my readers, are from. Tell me about your culture, or even your state. What are your favorite types of foods? With that, let's head to the kitchen and make something!

✯✯Spinach and Four-Cheese Manicotti✯✯

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons  oil 
  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic
  • 1.5 cups ricotta cheese 
  • 1.5 cups shredded  mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/3 cup grated  parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 
  • salt 
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 (10 ounce) package  frozen chopped spinach, cooked according to package directions, squeezed dry 
  • 8  manicotti, cooked and drained
  • 6 cups marinara sauce 
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • mozzarella cheese, for topping

  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 13 x 9 inch baking dish.
  3. In a skillet, saute the onion in oil for about 4 minutes or until softened, adding in the garlic the last 2 minutes.
  4. In a mixing bowl combine the ricotta cheese, 1.5 cup mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, then beat with a wooden spoon until smooth and well combined.
  5. Season with white salt or seasoned salt and black pepper to taste.
  6. Stir in onion mixture and spinach; mix well to combine.
  7. Spoon into cooked and cooled manicotti shells.
  8. Pour half of the pasta sauce into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Arrange shells over sauce.
  10. Top with the remaining sauce and use a spoon to spread the sauce over the shells.
  11. Sprinkle about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over the sauce.
  12. Cover and bake for 25 minutes.
  13. Uncover and top with mozzeralla cheese.
  14. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.
  15. Let stand 10 mins before serving.
  16. Enjoy!

When this is all said and done, you will wind up with a beautiful manicotti to enjoy with friends or family. Enjoy your evening and I will see you all tomorrow. Good night amazing bloggers!