Chicken Manicotti with Tomato Lemon and Basil Salsa

Yes, I did find that blasted little typo on my apron post! There should have been their! Oh well, I am the Ungourmet you know!

I was going to post Bubble Pizza by Three on Food for my Friday post but Delectable Dining beat me to it! These are two of my favorite blogs. Go and check out their wonderful Bubble Pizza recipes. You will love them! I will try and cook up a Bloggy Friend's recipe next week! :0)

Now, on to the Manicotti! I have had Manicotti pasta sitting up in my cupboard for quite a while now. I can't even remember what I was planning on doing with it originally. Today was the day for putting it to use.

Since it's summertime I didn't want to go too heavy so I didn't use a marinara sauce but instead chose to top the pasta with a tomato basil lemon salsa. It added nice texture and fresh flavor.

Here is what you'll need for the pasta:
  • Manicotti pasta
  • Chicken
  • Bacon
  • Cream Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Fresh basil
  • Lemon
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked pepper

For the Salsa you just need a few things:
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Lemon
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked pepper

I have a confession to make. Well, actually two confessions. First of all, I have to admit that patience is not one of my virtues. I can't stand stuffing Manicotti pasta so I tear it open, put the filling in and roll it up. Can you even believe it? How Ungourmet! Secondly, I took photos of the ingredients for this dish and it included a zucchini from the garden. I really wanted to shred it and add it to the filling but I completely spaced it. So, if you want to you can add some in.

I thought this turned out to be a pretty darn good meal. My husband actually had seconds!

This filling is pretty versatile. I think it would be great on crackers or little toasts or maybe even in a WRAP!



Jenn said...

Delicious! I like the salsa you made with it. Looks really awesome!!

Karine said...

I love your manicotti! They have great ingredients and they look ssssooo yummy!

Kate said...

This sounds great....I must admit, I hate stuffing manicotti, also. Great idea to "cheat a little"!

~Kathie~ said...

This recipe looks delicious!!! I will have to try this one soon.

I made your lemon pesto chicken recipe last evening and it was so good!! The whole family loved it! Thanks for all your great recipes!

Dustjacket attic said...

It looks really good and so fresh.

Hey your so welcome re comment at mine. Seriously, I'm waiting for the updated pic girl!!! xxx

♥peachkins♥ said...

The manicotti looks reallt good. I love pasta!

Chow and Chatter said...

great pasta love the new heading

By the way I changed my site address to https://chowandchatter.blogspot.com
To match the name ! Love Rebecca
please change the code of the badge to chowandchatter in place of dietitianforhire sorry to bother you love ya

Pam said...

I like your new header. The manicotti is making me drool - looks great.

Get Real Girl said...

Oh this looks so good. I need to print this off and try it very soon.

Megan said...

That looks so light an summery. I love all the ingredients so I know I would LOVE this dish. The zucchini was a great idea too.

WhisperingWriter said...

Please come cook for us.

Dajana said...

They look delicious and summery.
Great recipe really.
A tip on filling pasta: you can use a pastry bag (with a large tip or no tip at all) or a freezer bag (you just fill it and cut off one angle) and filling becomes clean and easy-peasy.

I love your new header

Julie said...

Awesome idea ripping open the manicotti shells! Why didn't' I think of that? Yummy looking dish.

Katy ~ said...

Yummm. Kim, this looks GOOD!

Denise said...

Love your new Header. Manicotti does take patience and that is not one of my strongest vitues, either.lol

Donna-FFW said...

I love that salasa.. I am going to make that just to make that!

girlichef said...

I love manicotti! The easiest way to make it is actually w/ those ready to bake lasagna shells! Soften 'em up and roll your filling up inside (pre-ripped, LOL)!! These sound really delicious :D

Cathy said...

Delicious looking manicotti! I make one with crab and swiss cheese that is kind of spicy, not everyones favourite (just me). I'll give yours a try soon.

Randi Troxell said...

oooh! i think that i would like this a lot... i already love manicotti!

have a great wkend!

Kristin said...

Definitely going to try this one!!

Anonymous said...

You almost can't go wrong with stuffed pasta. That looks delicious!!!!!

Debbie said...

That looks great. I just made some lasagnas for dinner tonight:)

Debbie said...

And I did mean the plural - we have to have one veggie one and one meat one.

Stephanie said...

Mmmm...this really looks good! I love when heavy comfort food can get a twist and be more light-ish for summer.

AND, I love your new header!!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Ohhh, that looks REALLY GOOD! I like the 'lighter' side of it...

Heh, I hate stuffing manicotti shells, too...so when I'm making it with a full sauce, I stuff them when they're still hard....and cook it on a lower temperature for a little longer...works like a charm! ;) For this recipe, I'll do your trick! :)

Reeni♥ said...

This looks awesome! Love the chicken and bacon in it. And the basil salsa sounds great in it!

Kathy B! said...

You pasta ripper!! I can no longer read your blog if you are going to attack the pasta like that :)

And you know? I think this would make a good wrap. This one is going into my "needs to be tried immediately" pile.

Barbara Bakes said...

This does sound perfect for summer. Nice and light! I had never thought to cheat on the manicotti. Great idea!

teresa said...

Oooh, delicious! This is so fresh and pretty!

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