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10 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Meal Types:
Main Dishes
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Spinach and Chicken Manicotti

A wonderful combination of pasta, ricotta and marble cheese, tender chicken breast and leafy spinach covered with a perfect tomato sauce.



  1. Boil the manicotti pasta in water for about 6 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach, chicken and spices to taste (add chili powder too if you like).
  3. Drain the pasta carefully and as soon as you can handle touching them, lay out on the counter to avoid crushing and getting stuck together.
  4. Holding the noodles with your finger blocking one end and cupping the rest, gently stuff them with the spinach mixture with a fork.
  5. Place them in rows in a greased pan (Pam works great). Cover with spaghetti sauce.
  6. Add 1/2 cup water to baking dish and cover with tinfoil (this will let the pasta absorb the additional moisture.)
  7. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 25 minutes and remove the cover.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese of your choice and bake until almost all additional moisture is gone and the cheese is nice and gooey. Serve with a side of salad or steamed vegetables.
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Excellent, excellent dish!!! I used fat free ricotta cheese and thought that it wouldn't be as tasty but it was truly delicious!!!! I used cayenne pepper also...yummy!! Perfectly spicy and delicious :)
15 Nov 09 by member: gburgos1113
Very good. And plenty of leftovers.
23 Nov 09 by member: Toddsy
Delicious and easy to make with things that you may have on hand. Big fan.
08 Dec 09 by member: BringItOn
This dish is so easy and tasty. Great for busy nights and then leftovers for the next day.
11 Jan 10 by member: TwentyTen
GREAT recipe. I used 8 oz. manicotti 12 shells). Added 1 cup mushrooms and total 1 cup ricotta. Yummy Yummy. My husband gave it a "thumbs up". I est. total calories per shell = 160 with changes.
23 Jan 10 by member: Cindy Lavin
sooo good!
31 Jan 10 by member: twodayr0mance
So, so good! Next time I make them I'm going to double the ricotta (I use fat free) add mushrooms and dice the chicken smaller. I was only able to stuff 9 manicotta, hopefully adding a bit more will let me spread the recipe further.
07 Mar 10 by member: thimblecricket
We enjoyed this recipe very much, the only thing I didn't like was the liquid left over in the bottom, if you cooked the pasta a little longer and then didn't add the water do you think it would still turn out?
16 Mar 10 by member: DianneSB
This was very nice, I will use less water next time. I used 1/2 cup ricotta but I think it needed more. The spinach was quite overpowering. I think also 3 Tbsp of pepper is too much. I used 2 tsp and it was fine. Did not make an extra vegetable as we had the spinach in the dish. I made 10 noodles and 2 per person was more than enough. I didn't understand the 2 oz of manicotti. That is only 3 manicotti and you cannot split that into 10 servings as recipe said. I figured 2 per person, so that is 5 servings. With editing, this dish is nice.
11 Apr 10 by member: The Next Number
I used 2% cheese and a healthier sauce, glad there was leftovers. Quick, easy, and very tasty. Thanks for the recipe!
27 Apr 10 by member: Tina Nicole
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Nutrition summary:

There are 117 calories in 1 serving of Spinach and Chicken Manicotti.
Calorie break-down: 31% fat, 45% carbs, 25% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 37
Calories 117
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 4.08g 6%
  Saturated Fat 1.27g 6%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.473g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.668g  
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Potassium 259mg  
Total Carbohydrate 13.38g 4%
  Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
  Sugars 5.3g  
Protein 7.37g  
Vitamin A 177% Vitamin C 113%
Calcium 68% Iron 84%
of RDI*
(117 calories)
6% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (44%)
Fat (31%)
Protein (25%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories