Streamlined Manicotti

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • FOR THE SAUCE:.
  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat oil, garlic, and pepper flakes (if using) in a large saucepan over medium heat until fragrant, but not brown, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 tsp salt and simmer until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in basil.
  • Adjust seasoning with salt, if needed.
  • FOR THE CHEESE FILLING:.
  • Combine ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, salt pepper and herbs in medium bowl, set aside.
  • TO ASSEMBLE:.
  • Pour 1 inch boiling water into 13 x 9-inch broiler safe baking dish.
  • Add noodles one at a time.
  • Let noodles soak until pliable, about 5 minutes, separating noodles with tip of sharp knife to prevent sticking.
  • Remove noodles from water and place in a single layer on clean kitchen towels.
  • Discard water in baking dish and dry baking dish.
  • Spread bottom of baking dish evenly with 1 1/2 cups sauce.
  • Using soupspoon, spread 1/4 cup cheese mixture evenly onto bottom three-quarters of each noodle (with short side facing you), leaving top quarter of noodle exposed.
  • Roll into tube shape and arrange in baking dish, seam side down.
  • Top evenly with remaining sauce, making certain that pasta is completely covered.
  • Cover manicotti with aluminum foil.
  • Bake until bubbling, about 40 minutes, then remove foil.
  • Remove baking dish, adjust oven rack to uppermost position (about 6 inches from heating element) and heat broiler.
  • Sprinkle manicotti evenly with remaining 1 cup Parmesan.
  • Broil until cheese is spotty brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove and cool about 15 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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