I love my mother-in-law! She is more than I could ever ask for in a second mom. Her birthday is coming up but since she will be out of town for it, we won't be able to celebrate together.
Tonight I've invited her over for an early birthday celebration. One of her favorite things is manicotti. So manicotti it is! This is what I came up with on my own after reading about eight different recipes online and not being happy with any of them.
I served the manicotti with grilled sweet Italian sausage, sauteed peppers and onions, grilled asparagus and garlic bread. Not a bad Italian meal made by an Asian gal!!!
- 8 oz manicotti shells (12-14 count)
- 15 oz ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup marscapone cheese
- 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- two 24 oz jars of good marinara sauce or make your own!
- 1 cup of Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a small bowl, beat eggs, garlic, basil, salt and pepper together until well blended.
In a medium bowl, add 2 cups shredded mozzarella, ricotta, and marscapone. Add egg mixture and mix everything together until well combined. Gently stuff cooked manicotti with the mixture. Easy way to do this: Fill a Ziploc bag with the filling, and then cut a medium sized whole in one of the bottom corners of it (large enough for the filling to easy come out). Then seal the top of the bag and squeeze it into the pasta.
Spread one jar of pasta sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Uncover and continue baking 15 to 20 minutes, or until mozzarella is melted and bubbly.
Remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes. Serve hot.