Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 ounce dried porcini

  2. 1 cup hot water

  3. 1 cup minced red onion

  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  5. 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained spinach, chopped

  6. 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  7. 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese

  8. 1/2 cup coarsely grated mozzarella

  9. 1 cup grated locatelli cheese

  10. 1 large egg, beaten lightly

  11. Freshly grated nutmeg to taste

  12. 8 manicotti shells

  13. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  14. 3 tablespoons flour

  15. 1 1/2 cups milk, heated

  16. Freshly grated nutmeg

  17. Salt and pepper to taste

  18. Snipped fresh chives or minced parsley for garnish if desired

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a heatproof bowl soak the porcini in the water for 15 minutes. Drain the porcini, reserving the liquid, pat dry and chop fine. Strain reserved soaking liquid through a double thickness of dampened cheesecloth into a bowl.

  2. In a skillet set over moderate heat cook the onion in the butter, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the spinach , garlic and mushrooms and cook, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until heated through. Transfer mixture to a bowl, add remaining ingredients (using only 1/2 cup of locatelli) and gently stir to combine well.

  4. Cook the manicotti in boiling salted water until just al dente . With a slotted spoon transfer to a bowl of cold water, drain and pat dry. Gently stuff shells with filling and arrange in a buttered baking dish .

  5. Make the sauce: In a saucepan set over moderately low heat melt the butter, add the flour and cook the mixture, whisking, for 2 minutes. Add the milk and reserved mushroom liquid and bring to a simmer, whisking. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper and simmer , whisking occasionally, for 5 minutes.

  6. Spoon the sauce over the manicotti, sprinkle with the remaining locatelli and bake, covered with foil for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10-15 minutes longer. Let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle with snipped fresh chives.


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