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Monday, July 16, 2012

Easy Manicotti

I love a good homemade pasta dish.  Especially if it's easy and I know it's something the family will enjoy.  There's nothing difficult about making this manicotti.  Just gather some yummy ingredients, mix together, stuff, and bake.  

Boil manicotti pasta as directed on the box.  You'll need about 12 shells, depending on how full you stuff them.  You can use a jar of spaghetti sauce or your own homemade sauce.  I had some homemade spaghetti sauce in the freezer.  While the pasta was cooking, I defrosted and thoroughly heated the sauce.

Mix together ricotta, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, one egg, garlic powder, and italian seasoning.

Drain the pasta and set aside.

There are 2 ways to "stuff" the shells.  You can hold the tube open and use a small spoon to stuff the cheese filling inside.  Or sometimes, the shells will come apart down the middle while boiling.  You can just place some filling down the middle, wrap the pasta around it, and place seam side down in a baking dish.  Either method works fine.

Place all the stuffed shells in a 13 x 9 baking dish, lightly sprayed with canola or olive oil.

Pour sauce all over the pasta.

Sprinkle some mozzarella all over.  Then cover with non-stick foil or foiled sprayed with oil to keep the cheese from sticking to it.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Uncover and cook about 5 more minutes.

Serve with garlic bread and salad and enjoy this yummy dish.

Easy Manicotti
12 manicotti shells
Homemade spaghetti sauce or one jar of sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 container part-skim ricotta
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Boil pasta shells according to box directions.  Heat spaghetti sauce.  Mix together 1 cup mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan, egg, garlic powder and Italian seasoning in a large bowl. Drain pasta and let them cool slightly.  Stuff shells with cheese filling.  Place filled pasta in a 13 x 9 dish, lightly sprayed with oil.  Cover pasta with spaghetti sauce and sprinkle 1 cup of mozzarella over the sauce.  Cover with non-stick foil or foil lightly sprayed with oil.  Cook for 25- 30 minutes.  Uncover and cook 5 more minutes.

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  1. Hi! Visiting from Cedar Ranch link party. OH yum! You had me at easy manicotti. Haha. This looks so good! Im going to pin this and try it ASAP!

    If you get a chance I would love for you to share this at my Friday link party.. its open til tomorrow!

    1. Glad you like it and hope you try it. Thanks fr stopping by. I linked up to your party and became a follower! :)

  2. Great recipe. We made this once before and it was easy and delicious. One change I made though was how I filled the shells. I put the cheese mixture in a gallon sized Ziploc and cut a medium-sized hole in one corner. I then "piped" the mixture into the shells, and it worked perfectly. They didn't tear! I lost the recipe and visited the blog again today, as this will be tonight's dinner. Yum! ~Bonnie


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