Spooning a cheesy filling into manicotti shells can be time-consuming and messy. To avoid the trouble, I put the filling into a cake decorating bag and easily pipe it into the pasta tubes. —Gayla Almendarez, Pryor, Oklahoma
Here's a fun an different use for ham. It's unexpected combined with the manicotti, yet delicious. The creamy cheese sauce makes this casserole perfect for chilly days. I'm always asked for the recipe whenever I serve it.
—Dorothy Anderson, Ottawa, Kansas
Combining an Italian pasta and Mexican ingredients created an exceptional dish for Mrs. Larry Phillips from Shreveport, Louisiana. She writes, "This recipe is well-liked even in Cajun Country Louisiana!"
I got this recipe many years ago when living in San Francisco. It's so good I made sure to bring it with me when we moved to the Midwest. The sweet basil s sauce pairs well with the rich cheese filling.—Melba Perlenfein, Barstow, Illinois