5 - 6 cups of your favorite Marinara (tomato) sauce
2 pkg Herb and garlic cream cheese
1½ cup Mozzarella
½ cup Parmesan
1 pkg Frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
24 Manicotti noodles, cooked until just tender, rinsed in cold water
Spread ¾ cup of pasta sauce on the bottom of a large baking dish (you may need two). Mix egg, cheeses and spinach until well blended. Spoon mixture into a large plastic bag. Cut a hole in a bottom corner and squeeze mixture into Manicotti noodles. Place stuffed noodles in the dish and pour remaining sauce over. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 35 – 40 minutes.
Serve with a big side salad and fresh buns or bread sticks.
My family loves to get crusty buns or bread and dip it in a garlic olive oil:
2 parts extra-vergin olive oil
1 part butter
LOTS of fresh garlic, minsed -but use to taste
Dash of parsley.
Heat to infuse oil and butter with the garlic flavor. Serve as a bread dip - just watch out, sometimes garlic can linger. But I have to say, this is a standby when someone is coming down with a cold!!