Monday, February 24, 2014

Baked Manicotti

Well my dear friends - I have a treat for you. The best and slightly 
addicting manicotti. For me, it was love at first bite. I think you will
agree. Serve with a great side salad and Italian bread. A great meatless meal.

                                                                    Baked Manicotti

                                               3 cups ricotta
                                               1 box manicotti shells, do not cook they will cook in the oven
                                               6 ounces freshly grated mozzarella
                                               1 cup parmesan cheese, divided
                                               2 eggs, lightly beaten
                                               4 to 5 tablespoons sugar
                                               4 tablespoons parsley, chopped
                                               1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
                                               1 teaspoon salt and pepper
                                               6 cups sauce - homemade, is best but jarred will be ok.

                  1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

                  2) In a medium bowl mix together ricotta, mozzarella and half of the parmesan
                  cheese, eggs, parsley, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well.

                  3) Spread 3 cups sauce on the bottom of a 9 by 13 pan. Fill each shell with
                  ricotta mixture and arrange in a single layer in the dish. Top with remaining
                  sauce. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or until pasta is done.
                  4) Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese and cook 10 minutes more.

                  Here is a link to my homemade marinara sauce. Enjoy.

                  Note - To fill shells you can place the filling in a large ziplock bag and
                  just pipe in or do as I did...I used a butter knife and just pushed the filling


  1. This looks sooo good, I wish I could dig right in. All I remember about making manicotti is how incredibly frustrating it was to try and stuff the limp cooked pasta --- using them uncooked is brilliant!

  2. oh my. I am so hungry, and this put me over the edge!!! LOVE!

  3. YUM! Who doesn't like manicotti? Its just delicious...especially after a long day. Gorgeous pictures (as always!)

  4. A good ol' classic and favorite for sure. Looks great as usual. Love,

    Shauna xo

  5. My grandma makes a mean manicotti and this recipe looks very similar! Can't wait to try it out!!

  6. Oh heavens! I've always wanted to make this. Thanks for another stellar recipe.

  7. Ohhh, I love manicotti–or really anything with sauce and pasta and cheese. Yummy!

  8. Italian food will always have my heart.

  9. you always make me drool when I visit you! Hope you are doing well! Life is crazy right now!Its all I can do to blog once a week! LOL! This looks amazing

  10. This is perfection. Who needs meat when there's ricotta?

  11. This is torture!!! It's lunchtime & looks soooo good!!

  12. My mouth is seriously watering right now...YUMMY!

  13. I haven't had manicoti in years and now you have me craving some! This looks so delicious, Val!

  14. Hey girl, who doesn't love manicotti? Great idea for the meatless Fridays coming this month!

  15. Manicotti is a dish I've never made but after wiping the drool off of my mouth I'm ready to try!

  16. Oh my gosh - I think my taste buds just exploded. Thanks for this great lenten meal idea!

  17. I cannot wait to try this one.. a favorite dish of mine! Yum-O!


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