Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This recipe won a blue ribbon at the State Fair of Texas a couple of years ago. It is absolutely wonderful and quite easy to prepare and even easier to eat. Chef: Ronda Porter - State Fair of Texas Blue Ribbon Winner

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain. Set aside.
  3. Mix together chicken, cream cheese, spinach, Tastefully Simple Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto and one cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Pour 1/3 jar pasta sauce in bottom of baking dish.
  5. Cut manicotti tubes down one side and spoon 1/2 cup chicken mixture into each shell.
  6. Roll and place into 11 x 7 inch glass baking dish.
  7. Pour remaining jar of pasta sauce over the top taking care to cover the pasta.
  8. Sprinkle ½ cup cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Makes two casseroles. Freezes well.
  10. Optionally you could replace the chicken with Italian sausage.
  11. I personally use beer can chicken which has a smokey flavor.
Most Helpful

4 5

The filling was tasty. Splitting the tubes really made this one easy to deal with. I did add some garlic, but that is a regular add-in for me.