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Manicotti Alla Romana

Reviewed: Feb. 6, 2013
Amazing! Made this last night for some friends and family they all loved it and it was so cute seeing the kids scrape their plates getting all the veggies up too. Followed some of the reviews and used sausage and ground turkey and used cottage cheese in place of ricotta cheese and added 1 cup of shredded italian cheese blend to that mixture a little bit of nutmeg then halfed that and added spinach to one half and broccoli to the other, since I hate spinach. To the white sauce I added 1 cup of itailan cheese and some italian seasoning. I also taste as I go along to see what is needed and add along the way like pepper and some hot pepper flakes yeah we love pepper. Since I had 5 adults and 3 kids to feed I doubled the recipe and had 28 stuffed manicotti noodles that I didn't boil before hand and this was my first time making stuffed noodles but I don't boil my lasagna either so I used more sauce and covered the pan tightly with foil and cooked on 400 for 40mins. Stuffing was not fun I had an issue with the pastry bag style stuffing that I dropped the bag in the pan with the red sauce and already stuffed shells and made a big mess of the kitchen. So I gave up on that and just used my hands to stuff which was a little bit easier but overall it was time consuming process from start to finish. The end result was worth it with not even enough for leftovers but this will only be a special occasion dish with all the work it takes.
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