My two picky eaters loved this! Since my family is small, I reduced the amounts used for the filling: I used a half-pound of ground beef; maybe about a cup's worth of fresh spinach (which I lightly boiled, then chopped before adding it to the beef); a cup of cottage cheese (we don't have ricotta); about a teaspoon of dried parsley; and then one beaten egg. As I was using what I already had in the house, I also substituted in 12 jumbo shells (parboiled, about 6 minutes) instead of the manicotti tubes, which will give us enough for two meals.
I used the full amounts for the white sauce, though. Yes, it was a little salty, but that's because I'm not used to too much salt. My husband really liked the layering of the flavors between the white sauce and the jarred pasta sauce (I used one that had Italian sausage in it). Thanks for a great recipe!
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My two picky eaters loved this! Since my family is small, I reduced the amounts used for the...