So after making the recipe for fried wontons that I posted yesterday, I had some leftover large square wraps. I wanted to do something with them. Something that was different. Then all the sudden it hit me, you can actually consider the wraps pasta, I am going to use them to make baked manicotti. It would be just like my own fresh pasta, duh!
Next, I wanted a really good recipe to make the manicotti.
I didn’t want to use bottled sauce. I wanted something that was more authentic. Then I remembered that Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe had posted a manicotti recipe a little while ago. I pulled it up on here site and it was just what I was looking for. It had a sauce made from canned tomatoes and a yummy ricotta filling.
Oh, this baked manicotti turned out divine!
I would say that it would rival that which you can get at a good Italian restaurant. I felt like I was eating at Bucca di Peppo. It was just like fresh pasta. It was also so much easier than trying to stuff those slippery cone type manicotti shells you find on the pasta isle. Add a nice green salad and slice of good bread and you are good to go. I served this with the garlic herb braid that I recently posted, but a slice of herbed garlic bread or homemade french bread would have also been excellent.
One serving of this was also very filling. I was able to get 2 meals out of it. Next time, I am going to try the tip below and freeze half of the recipe.