Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti Ingredient:

12-14 Manicotti Shells (fresh pasta rectangles 4 x 6 inches if using fresh pasta)
4 cups Tomato Sauce (see Spaghetti Sauce recipe on this site!)
1 1/2 cups Ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped Parsley (can substitute spinach – blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds and drain)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or any shredded cheese you like!)
1 egg
Tsp pepper
Tbls garlic powder
Tbls onion powder

Cheese Manicotti Method:

This recipe can be made with fresh pasta sheets or store-bought manicotti shells. If using fresh pasta, make 4 x 6 inch sheets using the fresh pasta dough recipe on this website and cook them in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. If using store-bought Manicotti, simply follow the directions on the box.

Preheat oven to 350 degree.

In a mixing bowl, combine Ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, pepper, garlic powder, onion and chopped parsley.

Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with tomato sauce (approx 1 cup).

Fill each shell with the cheese mixture and lay them in the baking dish side by side. If using fresh pasta spoon about 3 tbls cheese mixture about 1 inch from the edge and roll the sheet into a tube.

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Cover the Manicotti with the remaining tomato sauce, then cover with remaining parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

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Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the cheese begins to turn golden brown.these make a meal themselves but I love them with a side of meatballs!

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Ciao! Mike.

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