Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
No cooking the manicotti, so that's the easy part. Sometimes I will add some frozen chopped spinach, cooked and squeezed dry. A real easy meal!
- 1 lb ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
- 3 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- nutmeg (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
- salt and pepper
- 1 (5 ounce) package manicotti, uncooked
- 1 (15 1/2 ounce) jarprepared meatless marinara sauce (or homemade, if desired)
- Combine Ricotta, Mozzarella, grated Parmesan, sugar, egg, nutmeg, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
- Stuff uncooked manicotti generously with the cheese mixture, from both ends.
- Arrange manicotti in a single layer in a baking pan.
- Bring sauce to a boil and pour over manicotti, covering completely.
- Cover baking pan with aluminum foil, crimping the edges to seal tightly.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 40 minutes.
- Remove foil; sprinkle generously with additional grated cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 5 minutes more.
nice and easy as it says. you can also put the cheese mixture in a sandwich bag, cut the corner off and squeeze it in like using a pastry bag
This was very easy but came out dry as the pasta seemed to absorb most of the moisture from the sauce. If I was to try this again, I would probably add 1/2 c or more of water. The flavor of the filling was quite tasty.
Update: I tried this again, adding 1/2 cup of water and 8 oz of tomato sauce. I used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta and cut the mozzarella down to 3/4 cup. And added ground Italian sausage to the sauce... YUM!!!
Not only was this easy but it was really good. I put a thin layer of sauce in the bottom of the dish -- I always do that with lasagna -- prevents the noodles from sticking. When I prepared the sauce, I also added some browned Italian sausage and a few mushrooms. I'm assuming the parsley goes in with the cheese mixture -- that's where I put it. I made this in loving memory of MEP -- and for her Cook-a-Thon.