Manicotti

Carol Davis

By
@FadingParadise

I got this recipe off of a manicotti package years ago (before kids), I paired it with my own meatless version of my spaghetti sauce, and it became a standard to make when vegetarian friends came for dinner. My sister insisted I make it every time I visit. (Pic is a half batch)


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Serves:

6 or more

Prep:

3 Hr

Cook:

35 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

MARINARA SAUCE

1 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 c
diced onion
1 clove
garlic, minced
28 oz
can diced tomatoes
2 can(s)
(15 ounce) tomato sauce
1 Tbsp
dried oregano
1 Tbsp
dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp
dried basil
pinch
thyme, dried and crushed
1/2 tsp
salt (or to taste)
1
very small can tomato paste
splash of red wine

CHEESE STUFFING

2
15 ounce containers ricotta cheese
2 c
shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 c
grated parmesan cheese
2
eggs
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1/8 tsp
ground nutmeg
1 pkg
manicotti shells

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Prepare the marinara sauce 2-3 hours ahead of time. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan, add onions and garlic; cook till onion is transparent. Add tomatoes, sauce, tomato paste, herbs, and wine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours uncovered until thick.
2
Heat oven to 350. Bring 5 quarts of water to a rapid boil. For best results, add 1 tablespoons of salt. Add pasta and stir; return to rapid boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 6 minutes. Remove noodles from boiling water and place this in a bowl of cold water. Tubes will be firm; making them easy to fill but will finish cooking and become soft and tender while cooking in the oven.
3
In a large bowl stir together ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley and seasonings. Pour enough sauce in the bottom of 13x9 inch pan to just cover the bottom of the pan. Spoon about 1/3 cup cheese mixture into each pasta tube; place in the pre-sauced pan. Pour the remainder of sauce over filled pasta; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Cover with foil; bake 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve.
4
Okay, here's a secret only my kids know. Don't try and stuff those really small tubes. Slit those bad boys and fill to your hearts content, then close up and place split side down. No one knows the difference, or really cares because it's so yummy.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian