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Spinach & Cheese Manicotti Recipe

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Virginia Browning
Added: Monday, May 30, 2005


10 oz. pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 lb. ground chuck
1/2 lb. Italian sausage, removed from casings
32 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1 pkg. manicotti shells
8 oz. small curd cottage cheese
8 oz. ricotta cheese
16 oz. grated mozzarella cheese, divided
1 egg, beaten
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well and squeeze out excess moisture. Set aside. Brown ground beef and sausage. Drain grease. Return to skillet and add jar of spaghetti sauce. Set aside. Cook manicotti noodles according to package directions. Drain. In mixing bowl combine spinach, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, half of mozzarella cheese, egg and salt.
Spread 2 cups of meat sauce into bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Stuff manicotti shells with spinach mixture. Arrange in baking dish on top of meat sauce. Spoon remaining sauce over shells. Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and bake about 10 minutes longer, until cheese is lightly browned. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.




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