Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Chicken Manicotti with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce

This is a Southern Living recipe that requires a few steps to make but is worth it!  We usually add salad and garlic bread on the side and the kids eat this dish really well.

8 oz package manicotti shells
4 cups cooked chopped chicken
16 oz chive and onion cream cheese
10 package frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper

14 oz jar roasted red bell peppers, drained (these are found by the pickles)
16 oz jar Alfredo sauce
3 oz shredded Parmesan cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Cook pasta according to package directions, drain.
3.  Stir together chicken and next 6 ingredients.
4.  Cut pasta shells lengthwise on one side.
5.  Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture into each shell, gently press cut sides together.
6.  Place cut side down in lightly greased baking dish.
7.  To make sauce, process all 3 ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.  8.  Pour sauce evenly over shells.
9.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

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