April 12, 2012

Spinach & cottage cheese stuffed Manicotti

We love to experiment on pasta recipes, most of the times they come out good.My little one and hubby love pasta. Since regular pasta is not exactly a healthy choice, we have recently moved to whole wheat pastas.About three weeks back when we went to the grocery store while searching one of the aisles my husband enquired if I knew how prepare a particular pasta as on the carton "Manicotti ". Manicotti is a type of Cannelloni."Cannelloni" meaning large reeds in Italian.They are a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked with a filling and covered by a sauce. Some types of cannelloni need to be boiled beforehand, for others it is enough to use runnier sauces/filling. The traditional stuffing may include ricotta cheese, spinach and various kinds of meat. The sauces typically used are tomato or b├ęchamel sauce."Manicotti" in Italian means sleeves.
I made the sauce instead of buying one from the store and the details of its recipe are given below



Manicotti or cannelloni - 7 tubes

For  the sauce

Onion   -   1/2 nos
Garlic   -   5 pods
Extra virgin olive oil    -   3 tbsp
Asparagus   -   4 nos
Carrot   -   1 nos
Beans   -   5-6 nos
Chilli flakes   -   1-2 tsp ( as per your heat level)
basil leaves   -   4-5 leaves
Salt   -   to taste
Heavy cream   -  1/2 cup
Parmersan cheese -1 cup


Onion   -   1/2 nos
Garlic    -    3 pods 
spinach   -   0ne bunch
Cottage Cheese /Paneer(grated)   -   200 gm
Olive oil   -   1 tbsp


  1. Boil the water, add salt, oil and manicotti tubes.
  2. Cook the pasta for 7 minutes and drain the water and arrange the pasta on a cookie tray and let it dry.
  3. Preserve 2 cups of  water in which the pasta was cooked.(for the sauce)
  4. Now for the filling, saute the onions in extra virgin olive oil, add minced garlic.Once the onions turns transparent add shredded  spinach and salt to taste.Once the spinach is cooked and dry, remove from heat source and mix in grated paneer or cottage cheese.Once the tubes are dried, fill in a ziploc bag with the filling and snip of the end.Then pipe the filling into the manicotti tubes and arrange in the baking tray
  5. For the Sauce, saute the onions and garlic in olive oil, one the onions turn transparent add the veggies cut in to cubes.
  6. Add in the chilli flakes,salt , heavy cream and 1 cup of water in which the pasta was cooked.
  7. Once the sauce boils, simmer it until slightly thickened
  8. Check for seasonings.
  9. Mix in the basil leaves and pour the sauce over the manicotti's in the baking tray.
  10. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top. 
  11. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 F.
  12. Remove the foil after 20 minutes and bake again for 5 minutes.
  13. After that remove and enjoy the dish.

Manicotti shells after stuffing


Autism United said...

Great manicotti recipe, my kids love manicotti. And I love stuffing in things they would normally turn up their noses at.
Thanks so much!

parvati said...

Thanks dear.loved to hear from you..yes too do same thing mask the stuff and stuff in..