Chicken Alfredo Manicotti

Chicken Alfredo Manicotti
1h 30 min
6 servings

Comfort pasta at its best, you will also save time with this recipe by piping the chicken, cheese and spinach filling directly into uncooked manicotti shells, then letting them bake to perfection in a creamy, rich Alfredo sauce.



Alfredo Sauce

strip thick-cut bacon, diced
cloves garlic, minced
large leek (about 10 oz), white and light green parts, thinly sliced
2 ½
cups half-and-half
cup freshly grated Parmesan
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Juice of ½ lemon
ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 10-oz
box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 ½
cups ricotta cheese (about 1 lb)
cup diced rotisserie chicken
cup shredded Italian blend cheese
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Juice of ½ lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepperKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 8-oz
box manicotti
cup hredded Italian blend cheese



Special equipment: a large disposable piping bag or resealable plastic bag

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 2

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and brown, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve.

Step 3

Add the garlic and leeks to the skillet with the remaining bacon fat and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the half-and-half, Parmesan, crushed red pepper and lemon juice and bring to a simmer. Add the cream cheese and cook until the sauce is thickened and the cheese is melted and fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and season with salt and black pepper.

Step 4

Add the spinach, ricotta, chicken, Italian blend cheese, crushed red pepper, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper to a large bowl and mix until fully combined. Transfer the mixture to a large disposable piping bag (or resealable plastic bag) and snip a large hole at the end of the bag.

Step 5

Spoon 1 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a flameproof (not glass) 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Pipe the filling into both ends of the uncooked manicotti shells until filled and arrange them in the baking dish. Top with the remaining sauce, reserved bacon and Italian blend cheese. Cover with foil and bake until the sauce is bubbly and the pasta is cooked, 30 to 40 minutes.

Step 6

Remove the baking dish from the oven and remove the foil. Turn the oven to broil. Broil until the top is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with more chopped parsley.

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