First off let me apologize to you for not posting something this past week. I totally thought I had something pre-scheduled, but I guess I was wrong. So my deepest apologize to you all. Let's proceed to these amazing manicotti pasta.
I heart pasta! Doesn't every one? I just get tired of the same old spaghetti and meatballs. So when we invited my sister and brother in law over to see the new house, I wanted to make something new for them. I also wanted to make a nice presentation too. Don't you all do that to? When someone comes over you want to make an out of this world dinner, but then something always happens to me and it doest't turn out all that great. So that is why I made something I have made numerous times. Every time I make them these manicotti they get easier and easier to make. The first time I saw the recipe I almost fell over because I thought I would be in the kitchen forever. But as time goes on it gets simpler and easier. So the lesson is listen to your moms when she says try new things and keep at it for a while. It will get easier.
To add to the pot (haha no pun intended) I am not a big fan of cheese's. So I didn't think that I would like these because it has a ton of mozzarella and ricotta cheese in them. Well let me assure you that I love them and could eat them every week. The cheese, turkey and sauce mixture makes it the perfect manicotti and it is delicious! Give it a try and you will not be disappointed. Its the perfect dinner party recipe. Enjoy!
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
salt and pepper, to your liking
14 (8 ounce package) manicotti
1 (15 ounce) container whole milk ricotta
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 cups marina sauce
2 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces
In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Once hot add onion and ground turkey. Break up meat with a wooden spoon into pieces. Once meat is starting to brown add salt and pepper to your liking. Sauté the turkey meat until browned and onion is translucent, about 5minutes. Remove from heat, drain and cool.
Brush 1 teaspoon oil over large baking sheet. In a large pot bring approximately 4 cups of water to a rolling boil. Season with salt. Add manicotti and cook until slightly softened, but still very firm, about 4-6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the manicotti to an oiled baking sheet and cool.
In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and parsley. Mix well. Then add garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and mix. Add the cooled turkey meat into the cheese mixture and mix well.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over a 9x13 baking dish. Spoon 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture, being careful because they can slice and break easily. Arrange the stuffed manicotti in a single layer in baking dish. Spoon remaining marinara sauce over pasta shells.
Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, then 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over stuffed pasta. Place pieces of butter through out top of dish to give it that brown bubbly look. Bake the manicotti until heated through and the sauce is bubbly on the side of the dish, about 30-35 minutes. Let manicoitti sit for 5 minutes then sprinkle with parsley and serve!
Recipe Adapted: Food Network: Giada De Laurentiis