Here’s my disclaimer. I did not learn this from my Italian mom who learned it from her’s and so on. I just am in love with Italian food. This is easy enough that my preteen daughters can do it and even the pickiest of eaters loves it. I use my own sauce but store bought will do. Its also a great place to hide shredded vegetables.
Noodles (Really, they’re like making crepes):
3 c. flour
2 c. milk
1 tsp. salt
Whisk until smooth. Put 2 T. at a time on a hot greased skillet and spread into a 5 inch circle. Cook low to medium heat until set. Try not to brown. You technically shouldn’t turn them but sometimes they start to brown on the bottom but the top is not set so I quick flip them and then take them right out of the pan. Stack on waxed paper. I used to layer them between waxed paper but I realized that they stick more to the waxed paper than they do to each other.
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
½ c. grated romano, parmesan, or asiago (my personal favorite) or any blend of these
1 ½ tsp. dry parsley or 1 ½ T. of fresh parsley
You also need 2 jars of spaghetti sauce and the equivalent of two 8X11 casserole dishes
Spread ½ of the spaghetti sauce in the bottom of the dishes. Fill noodles with approximately 1/8 cup of ricotta filling. (This is approximate because, if you’re like me, you’ll make noodles of varying sizes.) Lie them up in the bottom of the pan. (I turn them over so the weight of them holds the top shut.)
When you’ve filled all of the noodles, pour the other half of the spaghetti sauce over the top of the manicotti. I like to add a sprinkling of asiago on top but it’s not necessary. Cover and Bake at 350o for 20 minutes then uncover and bake 20 more minutes.
Usually there are no leftovers in our house but it does freeze well. Happy eating!