Mc Call's Cooking School Manicotti

"This is the most delicious manicotti EVER! The homemade noodles are like crepes, and they melt in your mouth. You won't miss the meat. We used cottage cheese in place of the ricotta. Recipe courtesy of Mccall's Cooking School 1984."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Make sauce: In hot oil in a 5 quart Dutch oven, saute onion and garlic 5 minutes.
  • Mix in rest of sauce ingredients and 1 1/2 cups water, mashing tomatoes with fork.
  • Bring to boiling, and reduce heat.
  • Simmer mixture, covered and stirring occasionally, 1 hour.
  • Make manicotti: In medium bowl, combine 6 eggs, the flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 cups water with electric mixer.
  • Beat just until smooth.
  • Let stand 1/2 hour or longer.
  • Slowly heat an 8" skillet. If you aren't using a skillet with a non-stick surface, brush skillet lightly with butter for each manicotti. Pour in 3 tablespoons batter, rotating the skillet quickly to spread batter evenly over bottom.
  • Cook over medium heat until top is dry but bottom is not brown.
  • Turn out on a wire rack to cool.
  • Continue cooking until all of the batter is used.
  • As the manicotti cool, stack them with waxed paper between them.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Make Filling: In large bowl, combine ricotta, mozarrella, 1/3 cup parmesan, the eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  • Beat with wooden spoon to blend well.
  • Spread about 1/4 cup filling down the center of each manicotti and roll up.
  • Spoon 1 1/2 cups sauce into each of two 12x8x2" baking dishes.
  • Place 8 rolled manicotti seam side down in single layer. Top with 5 more.
  • Cover with 1 cup sauce and sprinkle with parmesan.
  • Bake, uncovered, 1/2 hour or until bubbly.

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  1. I have had this recipe for at least 35 years and it is excellent. In the original recipe the 1 1/2 cups water is mistakenly left out of the list of ingredients for the manicotti (it is mentioned in step 5 of the directions). For some reason every single repeat of the recipe does the same thing. I corrected it in my copy of the recipe and have always wondered why nobody else has.
  2. I tore this recipe out of the McCalls Magazine many years ago and used it faithfully for years - the person posting says 1984 but I swear it's longer than that! LOL. It's the best one I've ever made and after all these years (like others said, 30 plus years). I know I have that torn out recipe somewhere but I just can't find it. Sooooooo pleased to find it here. I don't care if you call these Cannelloni shells or Manacotti shells they are still awesome. I always use a cheese mixture because my family never made meat filled ravaoli, lasagna or anything like that - Grandma was from Italy. I usually add about 1 Cup chopped spinach squeezed very dry to the filling for extra nutrition and color. I make my own sauce - old family recipe - and often add sausage and sometimes mushrooms to it. It's to die for! Thank you Laurel Bay - you are a life saver!
  3. This is the best all-time recipe ever! Have been making this dish since the recipe card arrived, '84 maybe? I have all three McCall's Cooking School binders--company pot roast is amazing--but this is outstanding. I freeze everything--crepes, sauce, filling and use this as my go-to company dinner assembling day of of the dinner party. Guests RAVE. Better than any restaurant. I usually serve Ina Garten's roasted shrimp scampi with the manicotti--scampi butter gets frozen ahead also. My favorite meal.
  4. This recipe is just wonderful, I have this recipe from the 1980's. I have the Mccalls cooking school recipe book set. A 3 volume set of 3 ringer binders with the best recipes you have ever tasted. P.S. McCalls Cooking School cookbook has the best recipe for cheesecake ever, it is to die for!!
  5. I can't believe anyone else has the '80s magazine tear sheet from McCall's magazine. I promise you, this is the best manicotti you will ever eat. The crepes make the dish. Been making this since shortly after I got married, back in the Middle Ages.


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