RECIPE: Three Cheese Manicotti

Three Cheese Manicotti (5 servings)

  • 10 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 26 ounces spaghetti sauce

Directions

  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and seasonings. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce each in an ungreased 9×13″ baking dishes. Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture; arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
  2. Cover and bake at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and manicotti is heated through.

Recipe Source: Allrecipes.com

Personal Review: I’m going to be completely honest here – manicotti is not the easiest thing to make. It kind of rates up there with lasagna, in my opinion. Stuffing those shells is a pain in the rear. However, this recipe makes it all completely worth it. It’s delicious. Obviously since I’m not all that skilled at making this, I don’t make it very often – so it’s more of a treat when I do make it. I once read online somewhere that a big secret to stuffing the shells is to mix the stuffing mixture in a ziplock baggie and then cut a hole in one of the ends of the baggie and pipe it through (think icing a cake with a pastry bag) – definitely try this it sure makes things go a lot smoother! The recipe online calls for 15 minute prep time – if you’re as slow as I am, prepare to at least double that. (See why I don’t make this very often, haha!)

Bottom line: This is a delicious recipe that takes time to prepare but is well worth it in the end!

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