Thursday, August 11, 2011

Recipe Thursday - Manicotti

Each Thursday, I am going to be sharing a recipe with you!
I will pick a recipe from my collection and I will be sharing where I got the recipe and everything. But I am going to include my own photo of the finished food, the original recipe, and try and share the things I changed when I made it!

I would love your help too! If you have a great recipe, especially week-night dinner recipes (but I would love all kinds of recipes) - please share it with me, by emailing me at I will try it out and feature it on my blog! If you have cooking tips or anything else in regards to cooking and food - please email me!

This week's Recipe:
I love stuffed pasta and Manicotti is one of my favorites! Try it - you'll love it! I still need practice actually stuffing the pasta, but - even if it doesn't always look perfect, its good!

by DeDe Smith

12 Manicotti Shells

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

8 oz soft cream cheese with onions and chives

2 bottles of your favorite marinara sauce

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Cook manicotti in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rince with cold water; drain again.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Mix 3 cups of mozzarella with soft cream cheese. Stuff the manicotti; place in prepared baking dish.

Spoon marinara sauce over manicotti.

Sprinkle remaining mozzerella over the manicotti. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes longer.

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HollyinPA said...

Looks yummy! To help with the stuffing, I don't cook my noodles ahead of time. I add some water(usually what it takes to clean the jars of sauce out) and make sure the manicotti are totally covered with the sauce :) I got the idea from the lasagna noodles that you don't have to precook & they turn out pretty good. Thanks for your recipe...I haven't tried one with cream cheese before...added it to my recipes to try!