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Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that’s decadently filled to the brim with delicious shrimp, crab, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet?

Keeping our longtime Italian-American tradition of The Feast of the Seven Fishes (‘Esta dei Sette Pesci’ ) in Italian is so important to me; that I try every year to replicate a family recipe and adding a little of my spin to it to make it a little more modern.

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?I am so excited to share this recipe for my Nonna’s Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp with everyone today. Most of you longtime readers know that on my mom’s side, they are from Bellosguardo, Italy, a small town in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy, Italian-American food is serious business to them. So my Italian-American recipes have to be on point this year.

I decided that the cheese I would be featuring in Nonna’s Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp would be Organic Parmesan shreds for the cheese filling and the topping on my recipe for Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp that I am entering in the “Taste of Authenticity” Recipe Contest. I think I have a winning formula for the contest.

 

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?This recipe has so many fabulous layers of flavors from the roasted broccolini, the pasta, the decadent seafood, and cheese filling with fresh herbs, my favorite homemade simple red sauce, and covered with tons of delicious Cheeses Organic Parmesan shreds. This is a recipe that doesn’t fall short on the taste buds of Italian-American food lovers, that’s for sure.

 

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?I love all these fantastic fillings that I am about to patiently stuff in my pasta- so darn delicious comes to mind here. As you can see, I am a bit of a red pepper flake lover, you can adjust yours to your taste, of course, because I enjoy a HEFTY pinch of it in my Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp.

 

 

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?See how gorgeous this Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp looks resting on the bed of fresh Broccolini? Can you say, “il cibo è Bello” the food is beautiful? I think Nonna Josie would give her approval on this lovely looking version of her handed-down recipe for Stuffed Manicotti.

 

 

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?Just looking this cheese crust from those delicious Organic Parmesan shreds is making my mouth water thinking about eating it.  Did I mention I am using organic? Bonus points in my book anytime organic ingredients can be used in a recipe.

 

 
 
 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp

  • One bunch of fresh Broccolini, cleaned and stripped of leaves
  • Four cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • Two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • One box-8-ounces-of manicotti pasta (about 12 shells)
  • Two cups of organic whole milk ricotta cheese
  • One and 1/2 cups of Organic Parmesan shreds
  • Eight-ounces frozen organic spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves
  • One pound of raw shrimp, shells removed, and chopped
  • Eight-ounces lump crab meat
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt +more to season
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper+more to season
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • One egg yolk
  • Four cups of your favorite simple red pasta sauce
  • fresh parsley for garnish
 
 

Method for Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the Manicotti pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, occasionally stirring, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Thaw and drain the frozen organic spinach in a fine mesh colander, then drain excess water off the spinach by placing in a clean dish towel and wringing all water out.
  4. Prepare the broccolini by cleaning and stripping the leaves from stalks.
  5. Place the broccolini and thinly sliced garlic in the bottom of a baking dish, lightly drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil, season with kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Give the broccolini a few turns to evenly coat with the olive oil, arrange the broccolini with the flowers to the outside walls of the dish, alternating right to left for a uniform appearance.
  6. Clean one pound of shrimp by removing all the shells and mud vein. Finely chop the shrimp into small pieces.
  7. In a large bowl, gently mix the ricotta, 1/2 of a cup of Organic Parmesan shreds, thawed and drained of all water, frozen organic spinach, chopped parsley leaves, Lump crab, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, the pinch of hot pepper flakes, and one egg yolk.
  8. Gently and patiently fill the Manicotti with the shrimp and cheese mixture and place it on top of the bed of broccolini. You can use a small spoon or a freezer bag that has the end cut off to pipe in the manicotti shells.
  9. Top the filled manicotti with your favorite simple pasta Sauce, and top with the remaining Organic Parmesan shreds
  10. Bake until bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp

Manicotti that’s decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, crab, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Manicotti, Seafood, Seafood Manicotti
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 880kcal
Author: hmccallum

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Broccolini cleaned and stripped of leaves
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • 1-8- ounce Box Manicotti Pasta Shells about 12
  • 2 cups Organic whole milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 ½ cups Organic Parmesan shreds
  • 1-8 ounce package Frozen Organic spinach , thawed and drained
  • ½ cup Chopped parsley leaves
  • 1 pound Raw shrimp shells removed, cleaned
  • 8- ounces Lump crab meat chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt +more to season
  • ¼ teaspoon Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 pinch Red pepper flakes or to own taste
  • 1 Egg white
  • 4 cups Favorite simple red pasta sauce
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the Manicotti pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Thaw and drain the frozen organic spinach in a fine mesh colander, then drain excess water off the spinach by placing in a clean dish towel and wringing all water out.
  • Prepare the broccolini by cleaning and stripping the leaves from stalks.
  • Place the broccolini and thinly sliced garlic in the bottom of a baking dish, lightly drizzle with the extra-virgin olive oil, season with kosher salt, and ground black pepper. Give the broccolini a few turns to evenly coat with the olive oil, arrange the broccolini with the flowers to the outside walls of the dish, alternating right to left for a uniform appearance.
  • Clean one pound of shrimp by removing all the shells and mud vein. Finely chop the shrimp into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl, gently mix together the ricotta, 1/2 of a cup of Organic Parmesan shreds, thawed and drained of all water, frozen organic spinach, chopped parsley leaves, chopped crab, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, the pinch of hot pepper flakes, and 1 egg yolk.
  • Gently and patiently fill the Manicotti with the shrimp and cheese mixture and place on top of the bed of broccolini. You can use a small spoon or a freezer bag that has the end cut off to pipe in the manicotti shells.
  • Top the filled manicotti with your favorite simple pasta Sauce, and top with the remaining Organic Parmesan shreds
  • Bake until bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 01 | Calories: 880kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traditional Seafood Manicotti with Shrimp is one of my favorite traditional Christmas Eve dishes, and how can it not be? Pasta that's decadently filled to the brim with succulent shrimp, creamy ricotta cheese, Organic Parmesan cheese shreds, organic chopped spinach, and fresh chopped herbs, resting on a bed of broccolini, all covered in a deliciously simple red sauce and smothered in more Organic Parmesan cheese shreds- do I have your attention yet Y'all?

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25 Comments

  • Reply
    Filomena Bruno
    February 16, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Interesting that no one commented direction #7 instructing to mix in crab when crab is not listed as an ingredient.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      February 16, 2020 at 11:51 pm

      Hello, Filomeno Bruno
      Great catch!
      grazie molto

  • Reply
    Jen
    June 12, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Pasta is always a winning dinner in our house. Love the idea of switching it up with the addition of seafood.

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Meldrum
    June 12, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    That Seafood Manicotti looks so good. It looks like summer in a serving dish.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      June 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you, I appreciate your feedback! Hope to hear back from you if you make it.

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