A robust Italian dinner feels just about right for Christmas. It’s rich and comforting and — particularly in the case of our lobster manicotti — decadent without being fussy.
We start our manicotti with a lobster and ricotta cheese filling, but if lobster is too much trouble (or not in the budget) just substitute cooked and peeled shrimp. You also could make this dish vegetarian by skipping the seafood entirely and using well-drained chopped and cooked spinach. Whatever you use, a zippy — but not scorching — fra diavolo sauce ties everything together wonderfully.
And to help keep your holiday running smoothly, this dish can be prepared the night before and refrigerated until ready to bake.