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Come on now, Admit it!  You love comfort food as much as the next person, regardless of how over-the-top not-so-healthy it may be.  After all, have you ever sat down at table set with a meal of delicious sauce, lots of melted cheese and pasta cooked to perfection and said “Oh, no thank you.” ?

Ok then, neither have I!  But while we are being honest, there are some pasta dishes that are easier than others, and, as a general rule, Manicotti is one of those in the Not-So-Easy category.  Until NOW!  Don’t believe me? HA, read on oh hungry one 🙂

What you will need:

1 box Manicotti – cooked until HALF done (If you cook the pasta completely it will tear as you try to stuff it) – drained

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14 String Cheeses ( I used Cheddar & Mozzarella)
1 lb pre-cooked chicken pieces

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1 2-Cup pkg Shredded Cheese
1 14 oz can/jar Spaghetti Sauce
1 14 oz can Petite diced tomatoes -drained lightly
1/2 cup chopped Fresh Basil
1 cup chopped Fresh Green Onion
Minced Garlic to taste (I used 1 heaping teaspoon of minced garlic from a jar)
salt & pepper to taste

What You Do:

In a large pot, combine the Spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, basil, green onion & garlic and heat through until the vegetables are softened.  Salt & Pepper sauce to your preference.

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Prepare a 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick spray.

Place one string cheese and a piece or two of chicken into each manicotti shell.  Be careful not to over stuff them so that the pasta tears.

Arrange pasta into baking dish and cover with sauce.

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Chop remaining chicken into small pieces

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Spread chicken over top of the sauce and manicotti

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Sprinkle shredded cheese over the chicken.

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Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes – uncovered- until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

 

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Serve with salad, bread, Wine and try not to gobble it down in 30 seconds  🙂

~Morgan~