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- A quick and simple manicotti dish
Serves/Makes:6 (2 manicotti each)
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 cups (950 ml) shredded mozzerella cheese
- 1 cup (225 ml) freshly sredded parmesan cheese
- 1 30 oz (840 grm). container of ricotta cheese
- milk, to thin cheese mixture
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) water or more
- 1 or more cloves of fresh minced garlic
- 1 tsp (5 ml). parsley
- 2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
- 1 box manicotti noodles
- 2 tbsp (30 ml). butter or margarine
- Cube the chicken into bite size peices.
- Heat up a skillet or frypan and add the butter, garlic and chicken.
- Brown the chicken and cook until done on the inside.
- In a separate pan add the spaghetti sauce, 1/2 cup (125 ml) of water and the cooked chicken; heat through, making sure that the sauce is a little watery so that it will cook the noodles in the oven.
- If the sauce isn't watery enough add a little more water.
- In a separate bowl add the ricotta cheese, 2 cups (475 ml) of the mozzerella cheese, parsley and 1/2 cup (125 ml) of the parmesan cheese.
- Add milk if the mixture is too thick, but don't add too much as you don't want it to be liquid.
- Fill the manicotti noodles with the cheese mixture (use a pastry bag to fill the noodles).
- In a casserole pan (you may need more than one pan) add some of the sauce on the bottom of the pan (make sure to save enough of the sauce to cover the manacotti on the top).
- Add the filled manicotti noodles on top of the sauce.
- Top the manicotti noodles with the rest of the sauce.
- Bake in the oven at 400 degrees (200 C.) for about 1 hour or until the noodles are done.
- About 15 minutes before the manicotti is done top the dish with the rest of the mozzerella cheese and finish baking until the cheese is melted.
- Finish by topping each serving with the rest of the fresh parmesan cheese.
- This is a dish that you can put together the day before you need it. It is also one of those dishes that just tastes better every time you reheat it. If you have too much cheese filling just freeze it for the next time or use it for lasagna. Don't worry if you don't have a pastry bag put the filling in a ziplock baggie and cut off one of the corners and use it as you would a pastry bag.
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