When you’re craving comfort food, this is one of our family’s favourite “go-to” recipes that is always a big hit. Our son even asked for it to be made for his birthday supper! Make extra if you want leftovers as they won’t be left for long. After about 10 minutes of baking, the delicious smell of the baking manicotti will waft through your kitchen and draw everyone to the kitchen so there will be no need to yell “Dinner’s ready”!
Mama’s “May I have Some More?” Manicotti!
12 manicotti shells
1 jar of pasta sauce (640-680 ml)
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup pesto
Cook manicotti shells according to package directions (or use “Ready to Use” shells to save cooking time).
Rinse with cool water and set aside. Spread pasta sauce on the bottom of a shallow baking dish and cover the entire bottom.
Mix together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese (reserving about a quarter cup of mozzarella to sprinkle on top of dish before baking), parmesan cheese, egg and pesto.
Spoon cheese mixture into each shell and place in the dish on top of the sauce.
Pour the remaining pasta sauce over the manicotti and sprinkle with the reserved mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly.