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Not manicotti

Some people make manicotti.  I don’t.  I think manicotti shells are impossible to fill…maybe there is a trick that I just don’t know about? 

In the mean time I make shells, manicotti style.  All the cheesey goodness in an easier to fill form. 

8 ounces shells (about 20)
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
15 ounces ricotta cheese, drained (cottage cheese may be substituted)
1/4 cup grated Parmean cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
32 ounces of spagetti sauce (or as much as you want)
**You can add spinach if you want.  I always mean to but most of the time I forget, guess I need to write it in on my recipe and maybe I would remember more often…

Cook shells according to package directions; drain.  Combine cheese, parsley, salt, pepper, and spinach if you are using it for filling; spoon into shells (or manicotti if you are some kind of magician) add some of the sauce to a 9×13-inch baking dish and arrange shells in a single layer of the sauce.  Cover with remaining sauce.  Cover with aluminum foil; bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Remove foil; add some more cheese on top if you are a huge cheese lover like me and bake 15 minutes longer.

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  • Patty April 15, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I love stuffed shells!

    I also do an even lazier version that’s like manicotti, but making a roll-up using lasagna noodles and the filling!

    • FM April 15, 2011, 9:10 pm

      I am a cheese addict so this meal has my name all over it and I love your idea! It is very creative…and sounds much easier to fill!

  • Blake April 15, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I think the trick is a pastry bag with a long tip.

  • katherine April 15, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Have you ever tried making your filling for the manicotti, putting it in a ziploc bag, cutting off a corner of the bag and then filling the manicotti like piping icing? I’ve never tried it myself but i find myself wondering if it could work. 🙂

    • FM April 15, 2011, 9:14 pm

      Blake & Katherine I think you were on the same wave length and I can totally see how this would work! Maybe if I have someone that I want to impress with my mad pasta skills I will give this a try 🙂