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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ham and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti

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Who doesn't love a pasta noodle filled with cheese? I bet not a lot of you have your hands up. This manicotti, stuffed with mozzarella, ham, and spinach are for those special days you get to enjoy a few more calories. Easy to make with a fantastic taste. That's what my food blog is all about! :) 

Ingredients:

- 4 oz. manicotti noodles (half of an 8 oz. box)
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 green onions, diced
- 5 oz. ham, chopped small
- 2 cup packed fresh spinach, chopped 
- 3 Tbs flour
- 2 cups 1% or 2% milk
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 2 Tbs grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste, optional
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup pizza sauce
- basil to garnish, optional

Cook manicotti noodles according to directions. Drain and set aside. 

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add ham and spinach. Cook until spinach starts to wilt. Add flour and coat ham mixture thoroughly with flour by stirring constantly. Pour in milk, 1 cup mozzarella, and parmesan. Stir until sauce begins to thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste if desired.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pipe ham and spinach mixture into each manicotti. Lay each filled manicotti in a baking dish, in a single layer. Top with pizza sauce and additional 1/2 cup mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes and switch settings to broil. Broil for 5 minutes or until the cheese turns a beautiful golden brown. Remove from oven, garnish with basil, and enjoy! If you'd like a printer-friendly version of this recipe, Click Here.

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