We are a pasta eating household. It is one thing that all five kids agree on. They all love most pasta and are even willing to try new versions. This Manicotti recipe is one that I pulled off a package of something – maybe Manicotti noodles. But it is often requested, and I love to make it.
Manicotti with Cheese Filling Recipe
8 oz. manicotti shells, uncooked
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
15 oz. ricotta cheese
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
On the stove, cook the manicotti according to the package directions; drain. Allow to cool in a single layer on a piece of wax paper to keep the manicotti from sticking together. In a bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and ricotta cheese. Add the parsley, salt and pepper and mix well. Fill the manicotti noodles by spooning the cheese mixture into the manicotti noodles. In a 9×13 baking pan add a layer of spaghetti sauce and then lay the manicotti in a single layer over the sauce. Cover with the remaining sauce. Using aluminum foil, cover the dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 40 minutes. You can sprinkle more Mozzarella over the top and allow to heat for an additional 2-4 minutes. This is so good and when we make it, we often make two pans – one to bake now, and one to freeze for later.