Manicotti

Recipe courtesy Mary Napolitano
Show: My Grandmother's Ravioli Episode: Tom and Mary Napolitano -- Cooking Together

Photo: Manicotti

TOTAL TIME: 3 hr 40 min
Prep: 1 hr 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 2 hr 30 min
 
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

TOMATO SAUCE:
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 onion, medium dice
  • Two 16-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
      FILLING:
      • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
      • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
        CREPES:
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        Directions

        For the tomato sauce: Cook the ground sirloin in a pan over medium heat until it is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and half the onion and sautee, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

        Combine the tomatoes, garlic and remaining onion in a blender and pulse until the mixture is smooth. Transfer to a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the sugar, crushed red pepper, salt, basil, sirloin and mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer until slightly thickened. Set aside.

        For the filling: In a large bowl, combine the ricotta and eggs with a spoon. Add the Parmesan, parsley and pepper, and mix well. Set aside.

        For the manicotti crepes: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and egg. Add the milk and 1/4 cup water and combine.

        Spay a nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour or scoop 2 to 4 tablespoons batter into the pan. Tilt the pan in a circular motion so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan evenly. Cook the crepe until the bottom is a light brown, about 2 minutes. Loosen with a rubber spatula, flip over and cook the other side. Repeat this process with the rest of the batter. Set crepes aside.

        Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

        Fill the crepes: Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of the ricotta filling in the middle of each crepe and roll up. Place the crepes, seam-side down, in an 11-by -17-inch baking dish. Cover the crepes with tomato sauce then sprinkle with a thin layer of Parmesan. Bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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        • on April 30, 2014

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          I only made the suace and used it on pasta-Deeelicious!!

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        • on January 05, 2014

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          Excellent recipe! So much lighter than using store bought Manicotti shells. I used a mild Italian sausage instead of the ground sirloin. This was so easy to make. Prepped everything in advance & all I had to do was put it together and bake. Will Make again..very very soon!

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        • on January 03, 2014

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          The crepes were wonderful! Do not change the crepes' recipe!! So easy to make. Didn't have enough parsley so I used spinach instead.

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