Manicotti Alla Romana Recipe | My Recipe Time

Manicotti Alla Romana Recipe

Manicotti Alla Romana Recipe | My Recipe Time This rich meat, spinach and cheese filled manicotti dish is covered with white and red is the most popular for casual dinner parties. It's a bit of work but well worth the effort.

Prep:1 hr
Cook:50 mins
Total:1 hr 50 mins
Yield:6 to 8 servings
Manicotti Alla Romana Recipe


2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 pinch salt to taste
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 (12 ounce) package manicotti shells
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules
2 cups half-and-half
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


 Step 1
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until translucent. Saute garlic for 1 minute and stir in ground beef. Cook until well browned and crumbled. Season with salt and set aside to cool.

 Step 2
Cook spinach according to package directions. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add manicotti shells and parboil for half of the time recommended on the package. Drain and cover with cool water to stop the cooking process and prevent the shells from cracking.

 Step 3
To the ground beef mixture add the cooked spinach and ricotta cheese. When the mixture is cool, add the beaten eggs. Spread 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Gently drain the manicotti shells and carefully stuff each one with the meat and cheese mixture; place shells in prepared dish. Lightly cover the dish with plastic wrap or a clean, damp towel to prevent shells from cracking.

 Step 4
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

 Step 5
Prepare the white sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and chicken bouillon. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until it begins to bubble. Stir in half and half and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Pour or ladle the sauce evenly over the stuffed shells.

 Step 6
Stir the basil into the remaining spaghetti sauce. Carefully pour or ladle spaghetti sauce over the white sauce, trying to layer the sauces without mixing.

 Step 7
Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes more.

Nutritional Information

Manicotti Alla Romana
Servings Per Recipe: 7
Calories: 611.7
% Daily Value *
Protein: 27.6g
55 %
Carbohydrates: 58.7g
19 %
Exchange Other Carbs: 4
Dietary Fiber: 6g
24 %
Sugars: 12.7g
Fat: 30.3g
47 %
Saturated Fat: 13.1g
65 %
Cholesterol: 134.2mg
45 %
Vitamin A Iu: 5896.3IU
118 %
Niacin Equivalents: 14.3mg
110 %
Vitamin B6: 0.5mg
33 %
Vitamin C: 9.3mg
16 %
Folate: 191.5mcg
48 %
Calcium: 249.8mg
25 %
Iron: 4.7mg
26 %
Magnesium: 99.8mg
36 %
Potassium: 868.2mg
24 %
Sodium: 991.6mg
40 %
Thiamin: 0.2mg
17 %
Calories From Fat: 272.5
Percent Of Calories From Carbs: 38
Percent Of Calories From Fat: 44
Percent Of Calories From Protein: 17
Percent Of Calories From Sat Fat: 19
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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