Wednesday, July 16, 2008


*12 large Manicotti shells
*4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
*2 cups ricotta cheese
*6 tbsp chopped fresh basil OR 2 tbsp dried
*1 (26 oz) jar prepared spaghetti sauce
*1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Cook pasta according to pkg. directions. Drain: Rinse with cool water. Let pasta dry on paper towels.
For filling: In medium bowl, Stir together 3 cups of the mozzarella with the ricotta cheese and fresh basil. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff each pasta shell with prepared cheese mixture.
Spoon 2 cups spaghetti sauce into the prepared baking dish. Arrange stuffed pasta over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake Manicotti for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the Parmesan; bake for 10 minutes longer. Serve immediately.