I made this the night before taking it to my small group for our dinner. I made it exactly as written except I subbed 3 cups of homemade marinara sauce that I had in the freezer for one of the jars of spaghetti sauce. I also did not have chopped spinach, so used leaf instead. I should have chopped it first. Although it did not detract from the flavor, it was a bit stringy. My bad. I shredded fresh mozzarella and grated the Parmesan myself. My concern that the shells would not be done without pre-cooking, was unfounded. They were fine. Served with garlic bread and a tossed green salad, the manicotti was well received. Several folks went back for seconds and two requested the recipe. I served a light dessert of rainbow sherbet and cookies to round out the meal. I will definitely make this again, adding Italian spice, some basil and fresh minced garlic to make it a bit spicier.
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I made this the night before taking it to my small group for our dinner. I made it exactly as...