Manicotti with Three Cheeses
Make your own flavored cream cheese. Soften 8 ounces cream cheese and fold in 1 tablespoon each finely chopped onions and chives. Blend well. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
12 manicotti shells
4 cup mozzarella cheese, divided
8 oz soft cream cheese with onions and chives
3 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook manicotti in a large pot of boiling water according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain again.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Mix 3 cups mozzarella with soft cream cheese. Stuff the manicotti; place in prepared baking dish.
Spoon marinara sauce over manicotti.
Sprinkle manicotti with remaining mozzarella. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes longer.
Manicotti must be drained very well before it is stuffed. Otherwise, the filling will become soggy and the sauce diluted. To quickly and easily remove excess moisture, place drained manicotti on paper towels. don't have time to stuff manicotti shells by hand? Simply split them lengthwise, spoon in the cheese mixture, then fold over to enclose the filling.