Sunday, September 30, 2012

Manicotti with Cheese.

Manicotti with Cheese

1 package (8oz.) Manicotti
1 3/4 cups (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups (28 oz.) spaghetti sauce*

Cook pasta according to package directions (about 7 minutes).  Lay flat on foil to cool. Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, stir together cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; spoon into rolled pasta tubes.  Spread thin  layer of sauce on bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, arrange filled pasta in a single layer over sauce.  Pour remaining sauce over pasta; cover with foil.  Bake 40 minutes.  Remove foil; bake for 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Easy Manicotti with Cheese (no-boil method)
Prepare as directed above EXECPT:

- Do Not cook past a before filing tubes.
- For sauce, stir together spaghetti sauce and 1 cup hot water; heat to boiling.
- Use heated sauce in preparing dish.
- Bake at 400 degrees.

*I made my spaghetti sauce using a friends recipe found below.  Tomatoes were from my uncle Jerry's garden, onion was from my friend Jamey's garden and the zucchini was from my friend Tami's garden. Thanks friends!