Monday, October 29, 2012

Baked Manicotti

Baked Manicotti
One of my standard go to recipes for comfort food is Manicotti.  I love the taste of  pasta tubes stuffed with a flavorful ricotta cheese filling  and topped with a delicious tomato sauce.  Manicotti is a great dish to prepare ahead of time and freeze or put in the fridge to heat and serve the next day. It is also a quick and economical  meal to prepare.  This is a great a dish for your meatless meal days.

Start by cooking the pasta and set it aside to cool.  Prepare the cheese mixture by combing the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg, and spices.  Stuff the shells.  I use an ice tea spoon and use the handle to push the stuffing into the shell.  Place the stuffed shells in the baking pan and bake.  Let cool and serve.



1 (8-ounce) box Manicotti Pasta
2 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
2 cups Ricotta cheese
1 egg slightly beaten
1 ¼ cups mozzarella cheese, divided
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon white pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook 9 manicotti shells according to package directions.  Drain and place cooked shells on a lightly greased baking sheet.
3.Spread 1-½ cups of spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.
4. Mix in a medium bowl the ricotta cheese with the slightly beaten egg.
5. Add the onion powder, dried parsley, salt, garlic powder, and white pepper to the cheese mixture.  Stir until well combined.  Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

6.Stuff the pasta shells with the cheese mixture.  Place in the baking dish on top of the sauce.   Repeat with the remaining shells.

7. Spoon the remaining sauce over the shells.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce.
8. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until bubbly and cheese has melted.
9. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 servings
Baked Manicotti

1 comment:

  1. How delicious! I've never actually made stuffed pasta before. This looks tasty.