This was a great base recipe that I just tried but will use much more. Here's what I did: I used 2 cups of cottage cheese (blended) instead of ricotta. I also grated fresh parmesan instead of the shake kind. I chopped up one bunch of fresh basil in place of dried (gives such fresh wow flavor). With the sauce I added 1 pound of ground beef. My husband always likes to have meat with his meals. The outcome was so yummy and it was very easy to make. Oh, another thing I did was stuff the manicotti noodles while they were uncooked, then I put about 1-2 cups of sauce in bottom of pan, placed the stuffed noodles on top and then poured the remaining sauce over noodles. I then baked in 400 degrees for about 45-1 hour(covered). You can poke the noodles with fork to check for doneness. The noodles absorb the sauce. Thanks for the easy, great recipe!
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This was a great base recipe that I just tried but will use much more. Here's what I did: I...