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Make-Ahead Homemade Manicotti

Blossom Lady
Dec 15, 2020 06:59 AM
Make-Ahead Homemade Manicotti

This make-ahead, Homemade Manicotti is beyond delicious with an Italian sausage marinara and tender melt-in-your-mouth pasta.

This homemade manicotti is perfect for entertaining because it can be completely made ahead. And since it’s hard to find a soul who doesn’t enjoy Italian food, this dish is universally well-received by guests of all ages.

The soft, pillowy filling, nestled inside the tender pasta, is a breeze to put together. Simply whisk together three kinds of cheese (ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan), egg, salt, pepper and some finely chopped basil or parsley. That’s it! Now plop a spoonful on each pasta circle, spread it out a bit and roll.The sauce recipe calls for fire-roasted tomatoes. You’ll find them in almost every grocery store in the same section as regular diced tomatoes. The tomatoes are charred before being canned, giving them a really nice depth of flavor. If you can’t find fire-roasted tomatoes, regular diced tomatoes will work.

This homemade manicotti is the perfect dish to take for a family dinner. It keeps well and can be simply popped in the oven 45 minutes before dinner. Pair it with a green salad and a loaf of Focaccia Bread and you’ll have a fabulous meal, fit for royalty!


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces Italian sausage
  • 2 medium cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 14 1/2- ounce can fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves

For the pasta:

  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter cooled slightly
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese I like whole milk Mozzarella
  • ½ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil or parsley optional
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the topping:

  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese I like whole milk Mozzarella
Prep Time:
30 minutes
Cook Time:
45 minutes
Total Time:
75 minutes
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