For years, I’ve tried various recipes with disastrous results. It wasn’t until after watching, on the Food Network, Giada de Laurentiis make manicotti that I was able to conquer my favorite dish.
Ingredients (for 8 x 8 in. baking dish)
- 1/2 pound ground beef/Italian sausage (may also use diced pepperoni)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
- 1 large egg
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce (w/ italian herbs)
Preheat oven to 375F.
Brown ground beef or sausage; let cool. (Pepperoni does not need to be cooked.)
Scramble large egg in mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese and blend well. Add parmesan, 1/2 cup of mozzarella and meat to bowl. Blend well.
Spread a small amount of sauce in bottom of baking dish to cover. Place two noodles side-by-side in dish. Spread half of meat and cheese mixture over noodles; cover with sauce. Repeat for next layer. Top with remaining noodles, sauce and mozzarella.
Cover with foil and bake for 50-60 minutes. Let rest 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving.
For 9 x 11 in dish, double the recipe.
For vegetarians, substitute chopped spinach or chopped broccoli for meat.