Mom’s Manicotti

When I was a kid, birthdays were treated as sacred days.  You didn’t have to make your own bed, you didn’t do any chores (including supper dishes!), and most importantly, you got to pick your favorite meals.  There were a few staples in our house.  I know a lot of kids love to order pizza on their birthdays, but where we lived the pizza options were pretty bad and besides, why would you want that when your mom was such an awesome cook?  One of the recipes that was a standby birthday request for me and the family was manicotti.  Now, I have no idea where my mom got this recipe from.  As an Air Force wife, she collected a lot of recipes over the years from fellow military spouses.  Or maybe it came from her family.  I have no idea.  We’re not Italian, so I’m going to guess the former.  This is comfort food at its best.

Cheese Manicotti

Shells

A shell cooking

4 eggs

1C flour

1C water

dash salt

Mix in a food processor (no, seriously.  I tried not to and they were just too lumpy.  Alternatively, you could try a blender).  Pour 2 to 3 T of the mixture into the bottom of a non-stick frying pan on medium low heat and swirl the pan around to spread the batter out in a circle.  Let it cook until it’s flippable and leave briefly on the second side.  Turn out onto a plate until you’re ready to start filling them.

 

The batter

 

 

Cover the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish with sauce to prevent sticking.

Cheese Filling

2lbs ricotta cheese

1T dry parsley (or 1/4C fresh parsley)

1/4C parmesan cheese

8-12 oz grated mozarella

salt and pepper to taste

 

Blurry action shot of spooning the cheese into the shells

 

 

Mix all the  ingredients together and spoon into the shells.  Lay in a single layer in the 9×13 casserole.  Once all the manicotti are in the pan, cover the whole thing with more sauce and bake at 350 degrees- 30 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered.  Enjoy!  If you want the recipe for sausage filling, let me know.  They’re just as yummy.  🙂

 

 

Somehow, I failed to get a picture of the finished product. Whoops.

 

Imagine the above picture with more sauce on top.  I fail at documenting my cooking.

 

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