Friday, February 5, 2010

Manicotti

This is a wonderful Italian recipe. Like the Cannelloni, it takes time to make and you'll love the results.

Manicotti:
1 box manicotti noodles
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 cups ricotta cheese
6 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tbsp dried basil
1 (26oz) jar prepared spaghetti sauce, divided
½ cup grated parmesan or romano cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13x9 pan with nonstick spray. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cool water. Let pasta dry on paper towels. For filling, in medium bowl, stir together 3 cups mozzarella with ricotta and basil. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff pasta shells with prepared cheese mixture. Spoon 2 cups spaghetti sauce into pan. Arrange stuffed pasta over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake manicotti for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan; bake for 10 minutes longer. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 Print Friendly and PDF Pin It

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