- CREPE NOODLES:
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 pounds ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
- Grated Romano cheese, optional
- Place flour in a bowl; whisk in milk, eggs and salt until smooth. Heat a lightly greased 8-in. skillet; pour about 2 tablespoons batter into center of skillet. Spread into a 5-in. circle. Cook over medium heat until set; do not brown or turn. Repeat with remaining batter, making 18 crepes. Stack crepes with waxed paper in between; set aside.
- For filling, combine cheeses, egg and parsley. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons down the center of each crepe; roll up. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Place crepes, seam side down, over sauce; pour remaining sauce over top.
- Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 20 minutes longer or until heated through. Sprinkle with Romano cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Reviews forHomemade Manicotti
"this is an excellent recipe. I use 1/4 cup of crepe batter. I also use half ricotta and half cottage cheese which I whir in a food processor. It just seems to make the filling creamier."
"I love manicotti it's my second favorite Italian food. I had it with the store bought shell's now I want to make the home made ones. I bet it would taste even better. Thank you for having the recipe for the shell's."
"I also added a little cubed mozzarella to the filling."
"Very good! The kids and I loved it. My only complaint was that the batter for the 'noodles' was kind of thick and I had difficulty getting it to make thin noodles. Maybe I measured something incorrectly. Update: made it again last night and had no trouble with the noodles at all! The little ones loved it, my picky 3 year old even licked his plate!"
"I was worried that making the crepes would be a pain, but they cooked so fast that it was no problem. Much less of a pain than having to roll out pasta dough! The batter did seem a little thick because I expected it to be more like making crepes, I was tempted to thin it but I didn't and they turned out perfectly. I added bacon, sauteed mushrooms, and lemon thyme to my ricotta mixture. Delicious!!"
"This recipe is so reminiscent of my great Aunt's manicotti.. watching her & my mom standing over a griddle making the noodle crepes .I had not made them in years but enjoyed teaching my daughter how to do so..not only a great recipe but a wonderful walk down memory lane for me!"
"These were very good and easy to make."
"I made this and didn't change a thing. Fantastic Mannicott's. I will never buy the store bought noodles. Do make your own sauce and make the crepes a day before. It is time consuming to make all of this in one day. Delishio. -:)"
"I've been making homemade manicotti for a few years now. I always add a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg to the ricotta mix. It enhances the cheese soooo much. Annnd if you have gone to all the trouble to make your own crepes please do not cover it with jar sauce."
"I have a similar recipe that I have made for the past 40 years handed down by my great grandmother, to my mother and now me. Every time I make it gets rave reviews; if you feel it bland a little Italian parsley in the cheese goes a long way (leave the garlic out- that will diminish the cheese) your sauce should have a little garlic if you like. I found adding extra cheese like a Romano helps. I have also put some Italian sausage in the center of some. Better have a hearty sauce that stands up well to the cheese and bake in the sauce not covered with other cheese.You can add some mozzarella to the cheese mix also ? that works well. The key here is the crepe picks up the sauce flavor and carries it to the bite. Make a good homemade thick rich tomato & meat sauce. I always serve sausage and meat balls on the side."