First of all, I ended up with a bowl of extra filling. Luckily I had extra manicotti shells (I adjusted the recipe for 9 servings, meaning 18 shells. I used 23 shells and still had enough for a few more!) Secondly, it wasn't very flavorful. I realize that had a lot to do with the plain store-bought sauce. But plain store-bought sauce is what makes this convenient and you don't want to start changing that around, so something else should have been done to add more flavor. I will probably make this again with the modification of (1) less filling ingredients and (2) adding some fresh garlic and maybe even jarred pesto to the filling to bulk up the flavor. It was nice to do a make-ahead, though.
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First of all, I ended up with a bowl of extra filling. Luckily I had extra manicotti shells...