Manicotti from Heaven

OK, the tomato sauce is made—now what to do with it?

On one of the first trips to my in-laws, before Lou and I were married, my mother-in-law-to-be Rita Cinquino served manicotti. I had never, ever tasted anything so good before. And as much as I loved my husband back then, I have to say the manicotti might have sealed the deal. It certainly was a major factor in my lifetime commitment to him. She served it with soft, squishy, white garlic bread too.

It’s a bit of an effort to make, but so worth it. The secret is that the manicotti shell is made like a crepe. You’ll need about 4 cups of tomato sauce to go with this recipe.

The Manicotti Shell:

1 cup flour
1 cup water
4 eggs
Pinch of salt

With a mixer or whisk, mix the eggs and water. Add the flour and stir with a whisk. With a ladle, pour into a small oiled skillet and make as many crepes as the batter allows (maybe about 10). Pile them on a plate; they won’t stick together.

The Manicotti Filling:

1 pound ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
1 egg
A few sprigs of chopped parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Fill each crepe with some filling and roll it up (like a cigar).

Add some tomato sauce to the bottom of a casserole dish. Layer the manicotti in the pan. Add the rest of the sauce on top. Bake for about 30 minutes in a 350-degree oven until it’s bubbly. YUMMIFUL!

You can also freeze the manicotti separately in plastic bags to cook later in the season. I’ve got 11 in the freezer right now!

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4 Responses to Manicotti from Heaven

  1. Donna in Delaware says:

    Boy oh boy does that sound yummy. I can taste it now. I haven’t had manicotti in years. It use to be my all-time favorite Italian meal until I fell in love with a big piece of deep deep dish lasagna. Unfortunately, I have stopped eating a lot of pasta dishes and breads. I will definitely try this recipe though, and if it comes out great, I will reserve it for special friends on special occasions. Thanks again Maria for a timely recipe. I finally located my glasses.

  2. Clippy says:

    My husband just made a most delicious pizza. The toppings: mozarella, freshly picked Blue Ball (heirloom) tomatoes, and garlic. Couldn’t ask for more!

  3. Ruth Ann says:

    I just gained 5 lbs reading the recipes!!! Very good.

  4. Nasreen Kabir says:

    Great recipe must make it when I have made more tomato sauce. Can you use anything else in the stuffing?

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