Super Easy Working Mom's Manicotti

Michelle Waco

By
@Mommydiva

A twist on the super easy recipe I use from the back of the AMERICAN BEAUTY PASTA (THE ONLY ONE THAT SHOWS A RECIPE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BOIL THE PASTA FIRST!! Sometimes I make it with sausage and mushrooms, sometimes veggie style-either way is great! Their make ahead tip is below as well! We have made this with a single can of sauce (large) but if you want it really saucy, you may want to adjust the recipe later to suit your tastes. I like to top the whole thing with a 4 cheese blend that has cheddar in it prior to baking. Up to you!! Serve with a quick salad and sliced baguette.

Rating:
★★★★★ 16 votes
Comments:
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This dish was so simple to prepare... gotta love that! You could also easily prepare it in advance then pop it into the oven for the final cooking when you are ready to serve it. Michelle mentions that it freezes well too, which makes it even better. We didn't have a morsel leftover, so I'll have to take her word for it! Great idea for those unexpected visitors.

Ingredients

8 oz
manicotti, uncooked about 14 pieces
26 oz
spaghetti sauce, approx. 3 cups
1 c
water
15 oz
ricotta cheese
8 oz
mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 c
parmesan cheese, grated (we prefer the three cheese blend of asiagio,parm and romano)
1
egg
1/2 Tbsp
parsley, chopped fresh
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1 lb
italian sausage (can sub assorted veggies for sausage if desired such as peppers, zucchini, aubergine, etc)
7 oz
can mushrooms, sliced and drained
1 pinch
garlic, to taste
1 tsp
italian seasoning
1 pinch
salt, to taste
1 pinch
pepper, to taste

Step-By-Step

1Heat oven to 400°F.
2Cook thoroughly sausage and mushrooms (or saute assorted veggies if making veggie version) with garlic,italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste.
3In saucepan, combine spaghetti sauce and water; heat to boiling, stirring frequently.
4Add sausage and mushrooms to sauce. Reduce heat; keep warm.
5In bowl, stir together cheeses, parsley, egg, salt and pepper; spoon into uncooked pasta tubes.
6Pour 1 cup sauce on bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; arrange filled pasta in single layer over sauce.
7Pour remaining sauce over pasta; sprinkle with cheese if desired and cover with foil.
8Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove foil; bake 5 minutes longer.
9Serve -pasta and filling will be HOT!
10Enjoy!
11To make ahead and freeze:
12MAKE AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Prepare as directed above; cool 30 minutes.
13Cover tightly with plastic wrap; then foil.
14Freeze up to 2 months.
15Thaw in refrigerator overnight (casserole is too dry if heated from frozen state)May want to add a small amount of additional moisture- water or sauce.
16Bake at 350°F 60 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: Italian
Collection: Back-to-School
Other Tag: Quick & Easy