I love to make Manicotti in individual baking dishes! It's always special when everyone has their own little "pan" of cheesy goodness!!
It's also perfect for a very romantic dinner!
1 pint of ricotta cheese
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar (23 oz) of spaghetti sauce
1 package (8oz) of manicotti pasta
1 whole carrot (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella cheese, 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley and salt and pepper.
Heat spaghetti sauce in a small saucepan. I always cook it for about 30 minutes with a whole carrot to remove some of the acidity of the spaghetti sauce.
Meanwhile spoon plenty (about 3+ tablespoons) of the cheese mixture into the manicotti shells. (OK, I confess, I use my fingers, they work better)
Spoon enough of the spaghetti sauce to cover the bottom of each individual baking dish, lay 2-3 filled manicotti shells on top of the sauce and cover with additional sauce. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes uncovered.
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