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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti

1 8 oz package Manicotti
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup softened cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 cups spaghetti Sauce

DO NOT cook manicotti.  Combine Ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Mozarella cheese, dried parsely, salt & pepper.  Mix well.  Cover bottom of a greased foil baking pan with spaghetti sauce.  Place filling into a quart freezer bag.  Zip closed.  Snip of corner.  Squeeze filling into each uncooked manicotti.  Arrange on spaghetti sauce in pan.  Por spaghetti sauce over all.  Cover with extra heavy foil.  Label & freeze.

To serve: Thaw.  Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350.  Uncover.  Top with more mozzarella cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Side note: I doubled the filling for this recipe and maade 3 trays of manicotti.  Not bad, right?  Make one for your neighbor, someone you know who's having a baby or even an elderly couple you know.  They would LOVE it!!

Also: My kids went nuts on this!  However, my husband thought it was too cheesy.  So, I will be adding some cooked chopped chicken and more sauce to the recipe next time I make it.  But, it was excellent!

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