Friday, February 19, 2010

Manicotti - Way Simpler Than I Thought

Seriously, it's been so long since I wrote on here that my web browser didn't even automatically fill in when I started typing in the website. Sigh... But it's not because I haven't been cooking, because I have! Yay me! Just haven't been writing often enough. Boo me.

I made a really easy manicotti the other night and everyone loved it. A huge feat, as you know. I love getting manicotti in restaurants and it is one of those things that I would just rather let other people cook - drippy noodles, etc, etc. But, turns out it's so easy that I will be doing it again.

First, the noodles. There's no need to fully boil them to where they are completely noodle-y and hard to handle. I read to try it this way: boil a pot of water and then take it off the stove and throw in the noodles for 5 minutes and let them sit there. They get done enough that you don't have to worry about them being too hard, and yet they are still a little stiff and easier to fill.

For the filling:

3 cups of shredded mozzarella
2 cups of ricotta
1/2 cup grated parmesean cheese
1 egg
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 clove (or more) of minced garlic

2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce

Grease a casserole pan and pour some of the pasta sauce over the bottom of the pan to cover it. Then, mix all the filling stuff up in a bowl and then spoon it in a gallon size baggie. Snip a good size chunk off the corner of the baggie and use it to stuff the shells. Lay the shells in the pan. Then, cover the filled shells with the rest of the pasta sauce. I used Bertolli's regular marinara. Then, 1 more cup on mozzarella shredded on the top.

Cook uncovered for about 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. We had salad with it and it was great. The pasta sauce I used was good, but bear in mind the sauce you use can make or break the dish. Be sure it's one you like.

The bowl of filling ingredients before I mixed.

Into the oven!

After we'd already eaten some because I forgot to take a picture.

So, there you have it! More stuff to come soon!

Peace, Love, and Dinner,


Mom of Fred and Ginger
Wife of Mr D
Lover of All Combinations of Pasta, Cheese, and Sauce