Last night for dinner, we had manicotti with cheese. I used the recipe off the back of the American Beauty Manicotti box with a few changes – changes are in red. I also cut some turkey smoked sausage into pieces and cooked them on the stove ($1.87) to have as a side and we each had a small side salad. I completely forgot to take pictures. Where is my brain these days?!?!
MANICOTTI WITH CHEESE
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Lay flat on foil to cool. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir together cheeses, egg, parsley, salt and pepper; spoon into cooled pasta tubes. Spread thin layer of sauce on bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; arrange filled pasta in single layer over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over pasta; cover with foil. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly (doubling or otherwise increasing recipe may require increased baking time). 6 to 8 servings. EASY AMERICAN BEAUTY MANICOTTI WITH CHEESE (No-Boil method) Prepare as directed above EXCEPT: * DO NOT cook pasta before filling tubes. * For sauce, stir together spaghetti sauce and 1 cup water; heat to boiling. Use heated sauce in preparing dish. * Bake at 400°F. MAKE AHEAD DIRECTIONS: Prepare AMERICAN BEAUTY MANICOTTI WITH CHEESE as directed; do not bake. Cover baking dish tightly with plastic wrap; then foil. Freeze up to 2 months. Remove foil and plastic wrap; replace foil. Bake at 350°F. 1 hour 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly.
14 pieces (8 oz.) AMERICAN BEAUTY MANICOTTI, uncooked
1-3/4 cups (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I use dried and not as much)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups (28-oz. jar) spaghetti sauce (I like to use a can of spaghetti sauce – I believe it is the Hunt’s brand and it can be purchased for $1 or less)
I add a small can of chopped mushrooms and some sliced black olives.