Saturday, August 4, 2012

Cheese Manicotti

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.

Cheese Manicotti

Sauce ~

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
1 egg

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.