Slow Cooker Manicotti

Slow Cooker Spinach Ricotta Manicotti

 

Manicotti makes a perfect vegetarian meal option.  Pasta stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, covered in marinara! How can you go wrong? Even the biggest carnivore will love this meal. My husband devoured it! But that could have been because I have deprived my family of pasta for a while now.  I was just trying to drop some pounds, hopefully along the way he would too. 😉 Don’t tell him I said that.

Slow Cooker Manicotti - This ricotta spinach manicotti is a perfect slow cooker vegetarian meal!

What’s awesome about this recipe is you don’t have to boil the pasta first.  Mix the spinach ricotta filling, dump it into a zip-top bag, snip a corner off the bag and squeeze into the pasta tubes. Easy, right?

Slow Cooker Manicotti - This ricotta spinach manicotti is a perfect slow cooker vegetarian meal!

Cover the bottom of the crock pot with 3/4 of a jar of marinara sauce.  Stuff the manicotti and lay the first layer on top of the sauce. Place about 1/2 cup of sauce over the first layer of pasta.

Slow Cooker Manicotti - This ricotta spinach manicotti is a perfect slow cooker vegetarian meal!

Repeat with the remaining manicotti and cover with the remaining sauce.  Make sure it’s fully covered.  Cook on high 2 hours or low for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours, depending on your slow cooker.  Mine cooked for 3 1/2 hours.  Sprinkle the additional mozzarella over the top and let cook another 10 to 15 mins, or until melted.

Slow Cooker Manicotti - This ricotta spinach manicotti is a perfect slow cooker vegetarian meal!

Serve and enjoy! If you’ve been deprived of pasta lately too, this dish will really satisfy!

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Slow Cooker Manicotti
 
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Manicotti has never been easier! No need to boil the pasta before filling...PERFECT!
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1-2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2- 15oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 packed cup frozen chopped spinach - thawed and well drained
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 package Manicotti shells
  • 2- 24oz jars of your favorite marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the garlic, ricotta, egg, parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, spinach, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and nutmeg until well combined.
  2. Put the manicotti filling into a gallon sized zip-top bag.
  3. Snip off one corner with scissors as you would with a pastry bag, squeeze the filling into each manicotti tube until each tube is full.
  4. Place ¾ of 1 jar of sauce over the bottom of the slow cooker. Lay a layer of filled manicotti on top of the sauce, cover the first layer of pasta with about ½ cup of sauce and repeat with the remaining pasta, ending with sauce covering the pasta completely.
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for about 4 hours. Check periodically to make sure it's not drying out. When the manicotti is fork tender, sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella over the top and cook until melted about 10 to 15 minutes.

Slow Cooker Manicotti - This ricotta spinach manicotti is a perfect slow cooker vegetarian meal!

 

Recipe adapted from Sand&Sissal

 

Comments

  1. Reply

    What a delicious recipe for the Slow Cooker, we will love it! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today. Have a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Miz Helen! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Sounds and looks delicious! Great that you don’t have to cook the manicotti shells first, too. Thanks for sharing. Pinning. Blessings, Janet

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Janet! No having to boil the noodles first was a big PLUS for me.

  3. Reply

    These manicotti look so wonderful! Even better since you can make them in a slow cooker. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thanks, CJ! 🙂

  4. Reply

    Wow! Never thought about making manicotti in the slow cooker. I’m going to try it. Thanks so much for sharing with Merry Monday.

  5. Reply

    This looks delicious! I’ve been wanting pasta but because is so hot out was waiting. Thank you!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Lea! Yeah, the heat is a killer and I don’t want my oven on either. 🙂

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