This was my first attempt at making cheese manicotti. I've made a ground beef and cheese manicotti in the microwave many times. I was just pleased that the cheese stuffing ratio to the noodles worked out perfectly.
15 oz tomato sauce (regular)
8 oz tomato sauce (no salt)
1/2 cup onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tbsp Italian Seasoning, crushed in hand to release the oils
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
Cook onion in a large frying pan in olive oil. Add in garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and Italian seasoning and let simmer.
Cook manicotti per manufacturer's instructions.
In a large bowl, combine ~
15 ounces ricotta
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tbsp parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Drain manicotti and let cool until you are able to handle. Carefully stuff noodles with cheese mixture and place in a greased baking dish. When done, cover with tomato sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325° for 30 minutes. Uncover and top with 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.