We Always Get Our Manicotti
These delicious pasta rolls are stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, and more cheese than your arteries can handle. It's comfort food the way mama would make it!
You will need:
- 2 whole heads garlic
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. whole-milk ricotta cheese
- 1 oz. dried wild mushrooms
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 1/2 cups cooked and chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup coarsely grated mozzarella
- 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
- 1 large egg, beaten
- salt, pepper, and freshly grated nutmeg to taste
- 8 manicotti shells
- 3 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1 warrant for an arresting meal
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice 1/2 inch from the pointy end of the garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake 45 minutes to an hour, until golden and soft. Cool and squeeze into a small bowl and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, place ricotta in a large strainer set over a mixing bowl. Transfer to the refrigerator and let stand 45 minutes to drain excess water. Soak the wild mushrooms in warm water for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving soaking liquid for later; chop fine.
3. Heat remaining olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and saute until fragrant and softened (about 3 minutes) then add the chopped reserved mushrooms and spinach; continue cooking another 2 minutes.
4. Transfer the warm mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the ricotta, mozzarella, Romano, mushroom liquid, and roasted garlic. Season to taste with salt, white pepper, and nutmeg.
5. Cook manicotti in lightly salted boiling water until al dente (usually a few minutes less than package instructions) and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water. Pat dry with a clean cloth.
6. Using a pastry bag, stuff with filling and arrange in an oiled baking dish. Smother with tomato sauce, cover loosely with foil and bake 30 minutes.
7. After everyone has eaten, instruct your guests to make a perimeter around the sink and not give up until every dish has been apprehended, washed, and put away.