Weeknight Cooking in a Messy Kitchen: Spinach Manicotti
Allora, time for some Italian food.
Eat Better America is one of my all-time favorite websites and their spinach manicotti is probably my favorite recipe on their site. The whole process is a tad time consuming. It’s definitely not a whip-it-up-in-10-minutes kind of dinner. But if you’re having a relaxed evening (or need to impress someone) and don’t have anywhere to be for a little while, this is a great, healthy (vegetarian!) meal. It’s one of those that takes some effort to make and deserves to be enjoyed slowly. Over copious amounts of wine.
Prep your filling. You’ll need to stir one egg, 15 oz. of ricotta cheese, one cup of shredded cheese (I use an Italian blend), a little bit of red pepper flakes, and one package of thawed frozen spinach.
It was so hot that I couldn’t squeeze the excess water out of it. So I used paper towels and the whole situation got messy. I never said I was a professional, you guys. I just like to cook good food, okay?
Get out a big ol’ baking dish and put about a cup of pasta sauce in the bottom. It doesn’t matter what kind of sauce it is. I just buy the cheap stuff and it’s pretty tasty. (After eating this, I wish I would’ve gone with a fancier sauce. Damn.)
DON’T PUT CHEESE ON IT YET. I screwed up again. This step is supposed to happen after you bake it for 30 minutes. But I got excited and jumped the gun and cheesified it right off the bat. (Full disclosure post dining: This actually didn’t seem to matter much. So if you put cheese on it at this step, don’t fret.)
I like to make this in the afternoon on my day off. I’ll just pop it in the oven when Joe gets home from work. And then we eat half of it (fatties, indeed) and save the other half for lunch the next few days. ENJOY!
(In other news, home girl needs to get her hair trimmed, whaaat.)