Manicotti

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Ingredients:
1 package of frozen chopped spinach
12 large OVEN-READY manicotti or cannelloni shells
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups light ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons dried basil (or 6 tbsp chopped fresh)
1 26oz jar of your favourite pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cover 13×9-inch baking dish with light layer of pasta sauce.
2. For filling, defrost spinach, and stir together with 3 cups mozzarella, ricotta and basil. Stuff pasta shells with mixture.
3. Arrange stuffed pasta over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top of pasta and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
4. Bake for approx. 30 mins (until fork goes through), sprinkle with parmesan and bake for 10 mins longer.

** If you don’t buy the oven-ready pasta, you’ll have to cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cool water and let dry on paper towels before you can stuff them. Then you only need to bake for 15 mins.

This is one of my favourites! Hope you enjoy. This recipe was passed along to me, but was originally from a book called Grandma’s Kitchen: Treasured Family recipes. (I only slightly changed it.)

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