Delicious Broccoli-Stuffed Manicotti with Buratta Cheese. A cozy vegetarian dinner recipe that is loaded up with healthy broccoli- perfect for weeknight dinners or the holiday table. Video included.
Here’s a broccoli lover’s dream. Baked Manicotti filled with a savory mixture of broccoli, garlic, basil, ricotta and mozzarella, bathed in a quick homemade, “blender” marinara sauce and topped with optional Buratta Cheese. The manicotti cooks right in the sauce saving you the extra step of having to boil the pasta.
It’s surprisingly light and the broccoli plays the starring role here. Perfect for Sunday meal prep for the busy work week, or delicious enough for your special holiday dinner.
Watch how to Make Broccoli Manicotti | 60-sec video
The recipe starts with 12 ounces or 6 cups broccoli florets.
Steam the broccoli until just barely tender, careful to not overcook.
At the same time saute onions and garlic- which will be used for both the filling and sauce.
Place half the onions in the blender with the sauce ingredients.
Blend until smooth and set this aside until assembly time.
Then chop up the broccoli and make the filling- adding egg, ricotta, basil, sauteed onions and garlic, and spices.
Then mix it all up.
Assemble the manicotti.
Using a piping bag- or a large ziplock bag (with the corner cut off) fill each manicotti.
Dot any of the extra filling on each of the ends (or over the top of the sauce).
Cover with sauce.
Here, I had a little extra of the broccoli filling, so I dotted it over top.
Now, this is optional- but totally delicious…. add Burrata!
Slice 1-2 balls of creamy burrata cheese and place it over top.
Bake the Broccoli Manicotti in a 400F oven for 40 minutes, covered tightly with foil.
Remove foil and bake 10 more minutes.
Sprinkle with fresh basil ribbons right before serving.
Serve with a leafy green salad and some crusty bread!
Can I make this with lasagna noodles?
Yes. Grease a 9×13 baking dish, and layer, starting with 1/3 of the sauce, add uncooked noodles, 1/2 the filling, 1/3 rd of the sauce, then noodles, the other half of the filling, more noodles, then last 1/3 rd of sauce. Top with Burrata. Press down a little, top with parchment and foil. Bake at 400F, 40-50 minutes (until easily pierced with a fork) uncover, bake until golden, 10-15 minutes.
Can this be made vegan?
Can this be made ahead?
Yes, feel free to make any of the components ahead, or assemble the whole thing ahead, or even bake ahead and reheat ( bring to room temp first).
Can I use store-bought Marinara?
Yes, but water it down with 1/2 cup water. ( You’ll need 3 1/2 cups total).
Can I boil the pasta ahead instead of baking it dry?
Healthy delicious Broccoli Stuffed Manicotti. A cozy homemade vegetarian meal that can be made ahead! Perfect for weeknight dinners or the holiday table. #manicotti #vegetariandinner #broccoli #broccolirecipes
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Enjoy the Broccoli Manicotti and have a great weekend.