Slow Cooker Spinach and Ricotta Manicotti

Slow Cooker Spinach and Ricotta Manicotti image Image by: Slow Cooker Spinach and Ricotta Manicotti image Author: Canadian Living

You won't believe how tasty and easy it is to make this classic dish in your slow cooker. A piping bag - or plastic bag - makes easy work of stuffing the manicotti. Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread for an easy family-style dinner.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: November 2014

Ingredients

  • 10 tubes manicotti pasta
  • 1 bottle strained tomatoes (passata)
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 cloves garlic finely grated or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon liquid honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch hot pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Spinach and Ricotta Filling:
  • 1 pkg frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Method

Spinach and Ricotta Filling: In bowl, stir together spinach, ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, salt and pepper; using piping bag, pipe into manicotti tubes to fill.

In slow cooker, stir together strained tomatoes, tomato paste, pesto, onion powder, garlic, honey, salt, pepper, hot pepper flakes and 1 cup water. Place manicotti tubes in a single layer in slow cooker, pressing down to cover with sauce. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese; cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil.

Nutritional facts per each of 6 servings: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 731 mg
  • Sugars 9 g
  • Protein 15 g
  • Calories 332.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 65 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 36 g

%RDI

  • Iron 33.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 58.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 23.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 53.0
  • Vitamin C 10.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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