This recipe comes from a cookbook, A Cause For Applause. I posted the recipe as stated in the book, but I'll list a few "good to know" tips I discovered when making it. I used 2 tbsp sugar, 1 1/2 tsp dried basil leaves, 1 tsp salt and an 8 ounce container of chive & onion cream cheese spread because that's all I could find. I used a 14 1/2 Ounce can of diced tomatoes. Be sure to buy two 8 Ounce boxes of manicotti shells to allow for breakage. A little tip I learned about manicotti shells and lasagna strips is not to boil them. I clean my sink very well and fill it with hot tap water and let the pasta soak for 20 minutes. It finishes cooking in the dish when baked. The pan I used was apprxoximately 10x14 and I was able to fit 21 shells in the pan. I still had a little filling left and probably could have stuffed about 4-5 more shells but I didn't have any shells that weren't broken. The left over filling makes a great spread for crackers. I guess I may not have stuffed mine as full so I was able to yield more shells. I found the best way to stuff the shells was by hand - just simply put a little stuffing in at a time until full. Also, I did not grease my pan and nothing stuck. I covered the dish with foil and baked it for 20 minutes then uncovered and baked another 20 minutes. This dish is a little labor intensive, but is so good and so worth it. I cook my sauce one day and put it together the next so it doesn't seem so time consuming.