Stuffed Manicotti Shells

 
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I repeat, I love pasta! Especially, when it includes seafood! However, I did not use the standard fettuccine pasta, but instead Manicotti Shells. I took a very traditional dish & added a twist. Food is all about discovering new ways to prepare it.

Ingredients

Pasta
Salt (1 tablespoon)
Manicotti Shells (10 shells or personal preference)

Vegetable
Spinach
Garlic Powder (1 teaspoon)

Seafood 
Pepper (1/2 teaspoon)
Scallops (1/2 lb.)
Salad Shrimp (1 lb.)
Olive Oil (3/4 teaspoon)
Ricotta Cheese (1 cup)
Garlic (1/2 teaspoon minced)
Lump Crabmeat (1/2 lb. cooked)Alfredo Sauce
Butter (1/4 cup)
Can Milk (1/2 cup)
Garlic (1 clove, crushed)
Parsley (1/4 cup chopped)
Heavy Whipping Cream (1 cup)
Mozzarella Cheese (1 cup shredded)
Parmesan Cheese (1 1/2 cup shredded)

 

Directions  

Pasta 
~Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add salt, manicotti shells, cook until firm-tender.
~Gently stir pasta so that the shells do not stick together.
~Drain manicotti shells.

 

Vegetable
~In a medium pot, add 1/2 cup of water over medium heat.
~Include spinach & garlic powder; cook for 10 minutes.
~Cover set aside for later.Seafood
~In a medium sauce pan; over medium heat, add 3/4 teaspoon of olive oil. Add scallops, salad shrimp, minced garlic and pepper to pan & cook for 2-3 minutes then drain.
~Cover & set aside for later.Mixture
~In a medium size mixing bowl, include seafood mixture, spinach, ricotta & Parmesan cheese and stir together.

Alfredo Sauce
~In a medium saucepan over medium low heat. Add heavy whipping cream & simmer for 3 minutes; include butter, garlic, parsley & whisk. Stir until all ingredients have melted & blended together. Once the sauce has reached personal consistency you can turn off heat.

Baking
~Stuff shells with mixture into manicotti shells; arrange in a greased 8in. square baking dish.
~Completely cover all shells with Alfredo Sauce & add sprinkle with mozzarella & Parmesan cheese over top.
~Bake covered for 10-15 minutes 325 degrees, longer or until heated through & cheese is melted. ~Uncover & cook for 5 additional minutes.

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