Learn how to make manicotti the easy way. This manicotti recipe incorporates beef, sausage, ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for an authentic Italian meal experience.
Homemade stuffed manicotti
I wanted to make a special occasion meal for my family this Friday. My stepson is going to be with us this evening and mother s day is this Sunday and my husband is a huge manicotti fan. I decided to make the best manicotti recipe for them all.
Where does manicotti come from
In Italy, the word manicotti translates as “little sleeve” and is very similar to cannelloni. A traditional recipe uses crepes instead of pasta tubes. It feels natural to cook Italian since I am nearly full-blooded. All my grandparents were of Italian descent and three out of four were serious cooks. My dad s grandparents owned an Italian restaurant in Dayton, Ohio in the 1950 and 60 s. My grandpas Italian cooking was outstanding. His lasagna was thick and filling and had a spicy pepperoni topping. My grandmother on my mother s side cooks brilliantly superior northern Italian meals.
A feeling of ethereal peace overcomes me when I cook Italian. It is so relaxing it takes me back to a village stained by the sun where I work in my kitchen with flour, dough, olive oil and sauces. It also makes me feel like the little girl emulating her family work wonders before their eyes. My mother is a fine cook with all dishes but what makes Italian food special for her is the good feelings created when the family shares the meal. The art of passing the bread, the salad, the main course creates a togetherness and divine sense of community. It is heartwarming when everyone is too full to get up from the table, these are when the best conversations are made.
This recipe is an altered version of Giada De Laurentiis’ beef and cheese manicotti recipe