Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cheesy Manicotti w/ Marinara Sauce


Manicotti Pasta Shells (6-7)

1/2 cup Marinara Sauce ( recipe follows)

Cheese Filling

1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozarella
1/2 cup shredded parmesan
2 tsp parlsey flakes or chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
salt to taste


Cook pasta for 7-8 mins till al-dente.Drain &  set aside.

Mix together the three kinds of cheese, salt, pepper & parsley to make the cheese filling.

Fill a ziploc bag with the cheese filling. Make a small cut in a corner. Seal the bag & squeeze the filling thru the cut into the cooked manicotti shells.

Layer the cheese filled pasta in a buttered baking dish. Pour the marinara sauce over the pasta.

Sprinkle with a handful of shredded mozarella.

Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil & Bake in 350F pre-heated oven for 25-28 mins.

Serve warm.

Homemade  Marinara  Sauce

2-3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 small can of tomato paste
1 tsp of dried italian herbs
salt to taste
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil

Saute garlic & onions in 1 tsp oil. When they are almost done, add the dried herbs & saute for another min.

Add the tomato paste, salt & sugar. Cook till thickened to desired consistency.

Pour over pasta. Store leftover sauce in the refridgerator in an airtight container.

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