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Four Cheese Baked Manicotti

Big pasta tubes stuffed with a creamy 4 cheese mixture and baked to bubbly perfection.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 545kcal
Author James

Ingredients

  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ pound manicotti pasta 'al dente'
  • 1 pound ricotta
  • 1 pound mozzarella shredded
  • ½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano grated
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup fresh parsley minced
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

  • Boil manicotti to very al dente, drain, and set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  • Mix the ricotta, ⅔ of the mozzarella, the grated Parmigiano and Pecorino, and the minced parsley. Taste test and adjust salt and pepper levels. When satisfied, add 2 eggs and mix until smooth.
  • Place the ricotta mixture into a plastic bag. With a scissor, remove just enough of the bag's corner and gently squeeze to fill the manicotti tubes.
  • Add a thick layer of sauce to a baking pan and place the stuffed manicotti into the pan without stacking. Layer more sauce on top of the manicotti and sprinkle with the remaining shredded mozzarella.
  • Bake at 400f for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly golden. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Adjust salt and pepper to taste before adding the egg.  The pecorino is very salty so adjust accordingly.
  • Any remaining ricotta can be saved for up to 2 days or used for another baked pasta recipe.
  • Cook the pasta until very al dente.  Let cool to the touch before filling.  
  • If holding the manicotti and stuffing it at the same time proves difficult you can place the tube in a long shot glass to keep it upright while filling.  
  • Alternatively cut a slit vertically down the tube, place the filling in, roll back up, and place the slit side face down.  Nobody will know the difference!  

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 53.8g | Protein: 36.1g | Fat: 22.3g | Saturated Fat: 11.3g | Sodium: 1200mg | Potassium: 1286mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 13.5g | Calcium: 533mg | Iron: 6mg