"MANICOTTI was served as a first course for Easter dinner, and it's so good that we had to remember to save our appetites for the rest of the meal. Instead of using pasta, Mother made crepes, which we helped her fill with smooth ricotta cheese. It was a special holiday treat."
A friend served this for supper when I visited, and she placed individual servings on a bed of lettuce, then sprinkled them with cheese...it was both pretty and delicious.—Judy Wulf, Hancock, Minnesota
These tender manicotti are much easier to stuff than the purchased variety. People are always amazed when I say I make my own noodles. My son fixed this recipe for several of his friends, and they were extremely impressed with his cooking skills. —Sue Ann Bunt, Painted Post, New York
When I invite people to dinner, many have started requesting this pasta bake ahead of time because it's that good. Plus, the manicotti is stuffed before it's cooked, making it even more convenient. —Christy Freeman, Central Point, Oregon
"Serve this hearty entree with Spanish rice, homemade salsa and tortilla chips," recommends Lucy Shifton, Wichita, Kansas. "I've also made it without ground beef, and our friends who are vegetarians requested the recipe."
Even kids will gobble up their broccoli when it's served this way. "I dress up spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage and garlic, then drizzle it over shells stuffed with broccoli and cheese," shares Jason Jost of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. "My wife and daughter love it!"
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