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2 tbsp olive oil
8-10 Manicotti pasta shells
1 jar of Bertollini Alfredo sauce
1/4th cup shredded Mozarella cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped spinach
6-7 cremini mushrooms
1 cup green peas
2 cloves of chopped garlic.
1 medium onion
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 cup Marinara sauce
For the white sauce :
1/2 cup milk
1/4 th cup whipping cream
1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/4th cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Boil 8-10 cups of salted water in stock pot .When it comes to a rolling boil add the Manicotti pasta shells and cook till tender but firm around 8 mins .Remove the shells with tongs and keep aside.
Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan .Saute the onion till transluscent .Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for 30 secs. Add the spinach ,salt ,pepper and saute for 5 mins .Add the sliced mushrooms and green peas and lemon -pepper seasoning and cook for another 5 mins.Add the Bertolli Alfredo sauce and blend well with the vegetables for another 5-7 mins till the sauce bubblles and mixture thickens .Turn off the heat and let it cool down (cool enough to be handled).
For the white sauce :
In a thick bottomed non-stick pan heat the milk and cream till bubbles form .Reduce the heat and add Ricotta cheese stirring continuously till mixture thickens ..around 5 mins .Add the chopped basil leaves to it.
Preheat oven to 400 F.Grease a 13x 9 inch baking pan liberally with butter.Fill the cooked Manicotti pasta shells with the prepared spinach mixture using a spoon as shown in the picture below .Hold the Manicotti diagonally to prevent the mixture from slipping out.Keep the prepared Manicotti on the buttered dish. Finish preparing all in a similar way and arrange them on the baking dish.Pour the prepared white sauce over it.Sprinkle the shredded Mozarella cheese on top .Bake for 35 mins till the top is golden brown .Serve hot with marinara sauce .
|The Manicotti dish before you put it in the oven|
|Ingredients :Manicotti pasta,shredded Mozarella cheese,peas,spinach,Ricotta cheese,Bertolli Alfredo sauce,cremini mushrooms|
|Filling the Manicotti|
|Preparing the mixture|
|The dish after baking|