How to Make Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

Manicotti are jumbo sized pasta shells that are traditionally cooked stuffed. A particularly delicious method of preparation involves stuffing the manicotti shells with three varieties of cheese, and baking them with spaghetti sauce.

Prep time: 30 min
Cooking time: 35 min
Total time: 1 hour 5 min
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:
Manicotti (uncooked): 1 (8 ounce) package
Ricotta cheese: 1 (15 ounce) container
Mozzarella cheese (shredded): 2 cups
Parmesan cheese (grated): 1/2 cup
Egg: 1 large
Parsley (chopped): 1 tablespoon
Salt: 1/4 teaspoon
Pepper: 1/4 teaspoon
Nutmeg: 1/8 teaspoon
Spaghetti sauce: 2 cups

Instructions

  • 1

    Start the recipe by preparing the pasta. Fill half of a large pot with lightly salted water and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the manicotti shells to the boiling water, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Pour the cooked manicotti shells into a colander to drain the hot water, rinse them with cold water, then drain them and set them aside.

  • 2

    Take a medium sized mixing bowl and combine in it all the three cheeses (ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese), preserving ½ cup of mozzarella cheese and ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese.

  • 3

    Then, add one slightly beaten egg and one tablespoon of finely chopped parsley to the bowl and mix.

  • 4

    Season the cheese and egg mixture with salt, pepper and nutmeg powder, and mix it well.

  • 5

    Spoon two heaping tablespoons of this cheese mixture into each manicotti shell, and set the prepared shells aside.

  • 6

    Take a 13x9 inch baking pan, grease it with butter or vegetable shortening, and cover bottom of the pan with a thin layer of spaghetti sauce.

  • 7

    Arrange the stuffed manicotti shells in the baking pan in a single layer and pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over them.

  • 8

    Sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and bake it covered for 15 minutes in an oven preheated at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • 9

    After 15 minutes, uncover the shells and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese topping is bubbly and golden brown.

  • 10

    Remove from the oven, and serve hot with a salad.

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