Thursday, December 4, 2008

Cheesy Saucy Manicotti Noodles

Cheesy Saucy Manicotti Noodles - NaDell Ransom
My friend made these for us more than a year ago, but she did it the hard way by boiling the noodles before filling them and didn't put sauce on them. By spreading sauce on the bottom of the pan and also on top of the noodles, they cook perfectly.
(My picture is extra saucy and they are cut in half to show how they look. )

1 1/2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 teaspoons Parsley
1 teaspoon Chili Powder
1 teaspoon Minced Onion
1 teaspoon Garlic
1 cup Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 can/jar Spaghetti Sauce (I use Hunt's Four Cheese, but whatever kind you like is fine.)
14 Manicotti Noodles (sometimes there's one or two leftover noodles)

No need to boil noodles and have them break on you!
I don't always measure the spices or cheese. You can use whatever you have on hand. This also works with the huge shell pasta, but I did have to boil those for a few minutes for them to open up a little.
Mix the Ricotta cheese in a bowl with the egg. Add Parmesan cheese and mix it in. Add spices and mix. Add the rest of the cheeses and mix again.
Spray 9x13 pan. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce on bottom of pan. Open box of noodles. Using a knife, fill each noodle with cheese mixture and then line them up in the pan 6 on each side and 2 in the middle. Cover with remaining sauce and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes until bubbling and hot. Can remain in oven on warm longer to let set. These are great! Enjoy!

1 comment:

DaniBB said...

I would have never thought to just fill the shells and not boil them first. That makes it TONS easier to fill them. Thanks for the tip!