Creamy Chicken / Spinach & Ham Manicotti

Cassie *

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@1lovetocook1x

Another family favorite...Delicious!!

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Serves:

6

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

12
manicotti shells, cooked according to package - drain

FILLING

1
onion, chopped
2 clove
garlic, minced
1 Tbsp
olive oil
1 1/2 c
small diced, cooked chicken
3/4 c
small diced, cooked ham
1/2 c
ricotta cheese
2 oz
cream cheese, softened
10 oz
frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out , thoroughly
2
eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c
grated, parmesan cheese
1 tsp
dried basil
1 tsp
pepper
1/4 tsp
nutmeg

SAUCE

3 c
chicken broth
3/4 c
flour
1/2 c
heavy cream
1/2 c
milk
1 tsp
salt or to taste
1/2 tsp
nutmeg
1/2 tsp
pepper
1/4 - 1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese and extra for sprinkling on top
paprika
for sprinkling on top

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Cook manicotti shells according to package directions.
2
In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer.



In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, chicken, spinach, ham, cheese, eggs,ricotta, cream cheese basil, pepper, salt and nutmeg; set aside.
3
Sauce:

Combine flour and chicken broth in a large saucepan until smooth; gradually stir in the milk, salt, nutmeg, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in the 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
4
Spread 1 1/2 cups sauce into a 13 x 9 baking dish coated with cooking spray.
5
Stuff each pasta with chicken filling. ( An easier way to stuff is cut one edge lengthwise, open up and lay out flat. Spoon on filling, roll up and place seam side down in dish.) Sometimes I drizzle a tablespoon of cream sauce down the center before rolling. Don't worry of filling comes out the ends when placing in the dish, you can stuff it back in once placed.
6
Once all are stuffed and placed side by side in dish. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan cheese, and sprinkle with paprika.
7
Cover with foil, and place in preheated oven, for 30 - 35 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Remove foil and continue baking for another 5 minutes to slightly brown top.

If you have sauce left, save it for reheating leftovers.
8
Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken, Pasta
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Italian