These manicotti dishes, recognized by their large tubular-shape, ooze a variety of fillings that make especially satisfying meals. Stuffed with meats, vegetables, and cheeses, vegetarian manicotti recipes are also included with ingredients like tofu and spinach.See Popular Manicotti Recipes
Mozzarella, ricotta, and Parmesan cheeses make a scrumptious filling for these hearty shells. To fill pasta shells with the cheese mixture, use a spoon that will fit inside each shell without tearing it.
A tomato-based sauce gives a rich and tangy flavor to these pasta shells filled with turkey and spinach. Try this microwave recipe on a weeknight for dinner in a hurry.
Walnuts make a surprise appearance in the beefy filling. Bake the manicotti in one 3-quart dish or six individual casseroles.
Try this manicotti recipe from BettyCrocker.com
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Slice cheesy sausage-and-spinach-stuffed manicotti to reinvent a favorite casserole as a flavor-packed appetizer.
Using the crepe-like wraps in place of dried pasta shells makes this manicotti dinner a great one to serve when entertaining.
Broccoli and roasted red pepper add vivid colors to the tasty chicken filling that overflows these pasta shells.
Sometimes, the best recipes start with what's "lying around" in the kitchen. And since I cook Italian a lot, what's lying around is often some grated parmigiano (maybe on the verge of getting stale but still too good to toss); some fresh oregano (because stores sell so much these days that you end up with a garden-full), and -- well -- there's always olive oil and onions and garlic in the pantry. Sounds like the tail wagging the culinary dog, and the whole concept gets worse if I happened to have picked up a fresh bag of spinach or arugula or baby kale from my local farmstand -- great ingredients just looking for a recipe -- which I did over the weekend.
Pass time-consuming and go straight to delicious. Rich with chicken and broccoli, this low-prep-time winner with its creamy cheese, will be appreciated by the whole family.
Tofu replaces some of the cheese in the filling, turning this Italian favorite into a low-fat casserole.
If you're a pasta lover, eating only spaghetti is akin to a music lover listening to only one band. The wide variety of pasta shapes -- manicotti, rigatoni, angel hair and gnocchi, to name a few -- offers unlimited opportunities for creativity at dinnertime. These lesser-known "indie bands" of pasta are just a quick to prepare as more popular pastas, such as spaghetti and lasagna, and they're just as versatile, too.