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Manicotti

This is one of those recipes we used to make for special family occasions.  One, because it makes a lot, and two, because it takes a bit of manpower!  I remember it being a sort of even to help make Manicotti.  Good time.  Good food!

Baked Manicotti

Total cooking time:  It’s a project!

First you need to start by making some homemade sauce.  So see my earlier recipe.
Next you’ll make the Manicotti shells. Followed by filling.
Eventually you’ll put it all together and bake it!

Total Ingredients:

8 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup water
32 oz (2 lb) ricotta cheese
8 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
4.5 oz Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tsp pepper
1 TBSP parsley, chopped

Manicotti

6 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup water

Instructions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.
  • Beat until just smooth, then let stand for 30 minutes or longer – to let bubbles settle.
  • Slowly heat an 8 in skillet
  • Pour in a tiny bit less than 1/4 cup of batter at a time.  Rotate pan quickly to spread the batter evenly.
  • Cook over the medium heat until the top is dry, but bottom is not brown.
  • Turn out onto a wire rack to cool
  • As they cool stack them with wax paper between each.

Filling

2 lb Ricotta
8 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 tsp pepper
1 TBSP chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • In a large bowl combine Ricotta, Mozzarella, 1/3 cup Parmesan, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley
  • Beat with a wooden spoon till well combined.

Put it all together

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 2, 13 X 9 inch dishes.
  • Spoon 1 1/2 cups sauce into each of two baking dishes.
  • Spread approximately 1/4 cup of filling down the middle of each Manicotti and roll up.
  • Place 8 rolled manicotti – seam side down – into a single layer
  • Place 5 more manicotti on top to create a second layer
  • Cover all with 1 cup of sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

This recipe can be frozen if needed.  Line the baking dish with tin foil and assemble as directed.  You can make individual sized packets with just 2-3 pieces or a whole dish. Just cover and wrap with foil.  When ready, take out of the oven for about an hour, then bake in a 350 F oven until cooked through and bubbly.  1 hr 30 mins – 2 hrs.

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About growingupkitten

I am a wife, a fur-mom, an avid reader, and a volunteer. For my grown-up work I'm an APRN at a local children's hospital. For fun I foster kittens and their mamas for a local animal shelter.

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