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Three-Cheese Manicotti

Makes: 8 servings
Prep 50 mins Bake 350°F 35 mins
Three-Cheese Manicotti
Ingredients
  • 1/4  cup  chopped onion
  • 1  clove garlic, minced
  • 1  tablespoon  cooking oil
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 8  ounce can  tomato sauce
  • 1  teaspoon  sugar
  • 1  teaspoon  dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4  teaspoon  dried thyme, crushed
  • 1  small bay leaf
  • 8  dried manicotti shells
  • 2  beaten eggs
  • 2  cups  shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 1/2  cups  ricotta cheese or cream-style cottage cheese
  • 1/2  cup  grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2  cup  snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2  teaspoon  dried oregano, crushed
  •  Dash pepper
Directions

1. For sauce, in a 2-quart saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, the 1 teaspoon oregano, the thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse shells in cold water.

3. For filling, in a medium mixing bowl stir together eggs, half of the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta or cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, the 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and dash pepper. Spoon filling into manicotti.

4. Pour half of the tomato mixture into a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese atop.

5. Bake the stuffed manicotti, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Makes 8 servings.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Prepare as above, except do not bake. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Bake as above.
Nutrition Facts (Three-Cheese Manicotti)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 284,
  • Fat, total (g) 14,
  • chol. (mg) 88,
  • sat. fat (g) 7,
  • carb. (g) 21,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • pro. (g) 19,
  • vit. A (RE) 288,
  • vit. C (mg) 14,
  • sodium (mg) 586,
  • calcium (mg) 535,
  • iron (mg) 3,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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