Don made this back in 2007 for his niece and I decided to resurrect it once more. It is beyond delicious and I hope you will give it a try.
- 12-16 Manicotti shells, cooked 10 minutes
- 1/2-1 lb. frozen crabmeat, flaked (mock crabmeat is just as good here)
- 1/2 lb. wilted spinach
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 tsp. salt
- Parmesan cheese sauce (below)
- 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook the manicotti shells as directed for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the crabmeat, spinach, cheeses, egg and salt. Mix well.
When the shells are cool enough to handle, stuff carefully with the crabmeat mixture and set in the baking dish. Cover completely with the Parmesan cheese sauce and sprinkle with the Asiago cheese.
Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes.
Parmesan Cheese Sauce
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 5 cups milk
- 2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- pinch of pepper
- 3-4 drops of Tabasco
In a saucepan make a roux with the melted butter and flour, stirring until bubbling. Slowly add the milk and stir until thickened.
Add the cheese, salt, pepper and tabasco sauce, stirring again, until the cheese melts.
Call the family to the table, add a green salad and enjoy. Oh and more wine please…..