September 26, 2013 by The Perfectly Imperfect One
No Boil Manicotti
Makes 2 meals that Serves 3
Sauce- I used canned sauce, but you can also find recipe’s for homemade sauce.
3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 cups)
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
2 large eggs , lightly beaten
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves (or 2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
16 no-boil lasagna noodles (I used american beauty brand)
Using 9X13 glass pan pour one inch boiling water in the bottom, place noodles in bottom of water (put them all in, but do it one at a time). Let soak for about five minutes, or while you assemble the filling. To remove, carefully pull out one noodle at a time, if they start to stick together a bit, use a steak knife to gently pry them apart. Place each noodle on a clean dry dish towel, making sure they don’t touch each other. Discard water, dry baking dish.
Spread bottom of baking dish evenly with 1 1/2 cups sauce. Using soup spoon, spread 1/4 cup cheese mixture evenly onto bottom three-quarters of each noodle (with short side facing you), leaving top quarter of noodle exposed. Roll into tube shape and arrange in baking dish seam side down. (You should be able to fit 8 manicotti in each row, allowing all 16 to fit in the dish). Top evenly with remaining sauce, making certain that pasta is completely covered.
Cover manicotti with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until bubbling, about 40 minutes, then remove foil. Sprinkle manicotti evenly with remaining 1 cup Parmesan. Bake until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 6-7 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving.
The manicotti can be prepared right up until the baking step then covered with a sheet of parchment paper, wrapped in aluminum foil, and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month. (If frozen, thaw the manicotti in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.) To bake, remove the parchment, replace the aluminum foil, and increase baking time to 1 to 1 1/4 hours.
Cooks Notes: We had this for dinner last night.
I wanted to make two meals out of this recipe for freezing. So, in each pan I only put 6 manicotti, so basically I divided the meal into two aluminum pan. When I cooked this I cooked it at 375 for 1 hour, because I forgot to pull it out overnight, so I wanted to make sure it was cooked through. It seemed to work out ok. We had ours with garlic toast and green beans. It was delicious.
Serve with garlic bread and veggie of your choice.
Can freeze for 4 months