Quick Spinach Manicotti

December 9, 2010

If you are anything like me, you’re a little crunched for time. Whether you’re a mom trying to meal-plan for the week, a student preparing for finals or an editor planning a wedding – time is tight.

During the weeknight, after a trip to the gym and a shower, I rely on meals like this. It’s enough to feed a family one night or a couple people for multiple nights. Me? I ate my way through this over the course of a week since I have no problem with eating the same thing night after night. And, like lasagna, it tastes better the second and third times.

And did I mention this dish is easy? Cook the pasta, stir together the ricotta and chopped spinach, fill the pasta, top with marinara and bake. Paired with a side salad this meal may very well get me through the winter. 

Quick Spinach Manicotti
From Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food 
(Printable Recipe)

*8 manicotti shells
*1 (15-oz.) container light ricotta cheese
*1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
*1 (8-oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained of excess moisture
*1/2 tsp. salt
*1/4 tsp. black pepper
*1 tsp. dried basil
*2 cups marinara sauce
*1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


*Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain well and arrange in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine ricotta, 1/2 cup Parmesan and spinach. Season filling with salt and pepper.
*Transfer filling to a large zip-top plastic bag. Twist and squeeze bag so filling is in one corner. With scissors, snip a 3/4-inch opening in corner. Pipe filling into both ends of each pasta shell. Arrange stuffed shells in an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
*In a medium bowl, whisk together marinara sauce and oregano. Pour sauce evenly over shells and top with 1/2 cup Parmesan. Bake until sauce in center of dish is bubbling and Parmesan is browned in spots, about 30 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Happy Cooking!



  • Reply Anonymous December 9, 2010 at 2:49 am


  • Reply Lindsey @ DownwardFacingFoodie December 9, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Yum! I love quick, flavorful and comfy meals like this. Definitely saving this one to whip up some night! 🙂

  • Reply Megan December 9, 2010 at 6:00 am

    That looks so yummy and easy! I love manicotti.

  • Reply Jenn December 9, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Mmmm, this looks so delicious! And healthy 🙂 Can't wait to try it! Thank you!

  • Reply Lauren at KeepItSweet December 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    this looks so delicious! for some reason i've never actually made manicotti

  • Reply Diana December 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Ooh, that looks good! I'm definitely going to try this when school starts again and I need a quick dinner idea! :o)

  • Reply rachelbuckingham December 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    This looks delicious! Sounds like a great alternative to lasagna. I can't wait to try it out when I return to the States in February.

    I just wanted to let you know that I have been reading your blog for the past few months and greatly enjoy it! I was also an English major who graduated in the past year and got married in July, so I find your blog really relatable. Your writing, recipes, and food pictures are fantastic! Congrats on the engagement! Best of luck to you!

  • Reply Madison Mayberry December 13, 2010 at 2:05 am

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  • Reply Madison Mayberry December 13, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Rachel – So nice to e-meet you! Looking forward to reading your blog and following along with your adventures!

  • Reply Peggy January 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I'm sure this is definitely delicious! I love quick meals like this!

  • Reply Rachel R. January 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I just made this last week! So delicious! I cooked the manicotti a little too long, but like you said, it was even better the second day! SO YUMMY!

  • Reply Anonymous March 12, 2011 at 2:11 am

    I just made this, and it is amazing! I love meals like this that are both easy and delicious. It was my first time making manicotti, too.

  • Reply Darla Baerg May 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    How do I print this? I see it says printable but don’t know where to go to print it.

    • Reply Madison Mayberry May 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

      Hi Darla! Thanks for the question! I used to have a printable option on some of my older recipes, but when I switched servers that changed. I no longer of a print recipe function but you can copy and paste to print if desired! Hope that helps!

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