It has become a recent tradition that most every Sunday night Hubby and I have dinner with his parents. We go over to their house and have a nice, home cooked, family dinner; it’s such a nice way to end the weekend. To switch things up, yesterday I invited the in-laws for dinner at our place – it gave me an excuse make Hubby’s favourite dinner: Manicotti.
I made three pans of the manicotti and I’m sure that Hubby could have finished all three by himself. He likes it that much.
The recipe I use is from Giada De Laurentiis, however, I’ve modified it to suit our tastes and dietary restrictions. I wanted to share this recipe since it’s such a goodie, so enjoy!
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Manicotti (I used 1.5 packages)
- 1 container whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 3 cups freshly-grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans marinara sauce
Combine the ricotta, 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and parsley. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste, and mix. Stir the cooled (and food processed) meat mixture into the cheese mixture.
Brush 1 teaspoon of oil over a large baking sheet. Cook the manicotti in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly softened, but still very firm to the bite, about 7 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the manicotti from the pot to the oiled baking sheet and cool.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over a glass baking dish. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared dish and spoon the remaining sauce over.
Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese, then the remaining Parmesan cheese over the stuffed pasta.* Bake the manicotti uncovered until heated through and the sauce bubbles on the sides of the dish, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let the manicotti stand 5 minutes and serve.
*The dish can be prepared to this point and refrigerated for up to 8 hours – great for a dinner party!
|lunch: bratwurst with sauerkraut and mustard – delicious|
PS: Hubby and I also went to a German Christmas Market yesterday (his idea – I love him!). We had a blast walking around, shopping, and eating delicious food. Great weekend!