Manicotti (Mamma Leone's)

Course : Italian
Serves: 6
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Ingredients:

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups meat or ragu sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese -- freshly grated
-----filling for manicotti-----
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese -- diced
3 large eggs -- lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash black pepper
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
4 1/2 teaspoons cold water
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups meat or ragu sauce
1/4 cup parmesan cheese -- freshly grated
-----filling for manicotti-----
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese -- diced
3 large eggs -- lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 dash black pepper
 

Preparation / Directions:

Place flour on a pastry board and the center. Make a well in the middle of the flour. Break the eggs into the well. With your fingers, mix the eggs into the flour. Add the water, a little at a time, and the salt and mix with hands until it forms a uniform dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Let stand, covered, for about 1 hour. Cut dough into 4 pieces and roll as thin as you can. Cut into rectangles 4 inches wide by 6 inches long. Place between pieces of waxed paper. You should have about 12 pieces. Cook the pasta pieces, 6 pieces at a time, in 4 quarts salted boiling water with olive oil added. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain and place between 2 towels. Drain the ricotta cheese. Combine all of the filling ingredients and mix well. Divide filling into 12 parts. Place a mound of stuffing on each dough rectangle about 1/3 inch from a long edge. Mound should be about 1/2 inch thick and 1/2 inch wide. Fold dough over twice. Spread a thin layer of the meat sauce on the bottom of a baking pan. Arrange manicotti about 1/4 inch apart in the pan and spoon the rest of the sauce over the top. Sprinkle a teaspoon of Parmesan cheese over each of the manicotti. Bake in a preheated slow (300F) oven for 15 to 20 minutes.


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