Cheesy Manicotti

Cheesy Manicotti


I never had Manicotti growing up, so my dear momma can’t take credit for this one. I was introduced to these cheese stuffed shells after bartering a supper from a friend in exchange for a massage. It was so good I had to have seconds and thirds before we went for an after dinner stroll. I’ve made it a handful of times since, and it’s definitely one of my favorites.

Manicotti
Serves 6
This cheesy manicotti is easy and fun to put together, making it another favorite of mine when hosting game nights with my friends. Serve with Uncle Franco's Toasted Garlic Bread and a crispy green salad.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 (8 ounce) package manicotti shells
  2. 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  3. 2 cups ricotta cheese
  4. 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tablespoons dried basil
  7. 1 clove of garlic
  8. 2 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add manicotti and cook until al dente; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, mix 3 cups mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, crushed garlic, egg, and basil.
  4. Stuff cooked manicotti with the mixture.
  5. Spread about 2 cups pasta sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  6. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the dish, and cover with remaining sauce.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, and continue baking 10 minutes, until mozzarella is melted and bubbly.
Notes
  1. No Boil Manicotti: Add 1 cup of water to the pasta sauce and spread some over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Using a pastry bag or Ziplock bag, stuff the uncooked manicotti shells with the cheese mixture and arrange them into the dish. Bake for one hour, sprinkling the remaining Parmesan over the top during the last 10-15 minutes.
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