How to make it

  • Shells: You are making a simple batter; resembling a crepe or pancake batter; consistancy is thin.
  • In a blender mix all the ingredients.
  • Heat a 5 to 6-inch skillet on medium heat on the stovetop; about 5 minutes.
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter into the hot pan and swish the batter around very quickly, covering the bottom of the pan completely; 30 seconds. Aim for a thin, constant shell that covers the entire pan.
  • Until the pan gets properly seasoned, you may lose one or two shells.
  • If this happens, scrape the shell out, do not wet or rinse the pan. Return it to the heat and as the pan reheats, the bits stuck to the pan will dry out and can be brushed away. Success results as you go further along repeating the process.
  • The shell is done when the sides curl away from the sides of the pan; some tiny bubbles may form on top, less than 1 minute. The shell will be light in color and pliable.
  • Gently lift shell out of the pan with your fingers by pulling the shell away from the sides of the pan and transfer quickly onto wax paper. Cover with clean tea towel until ready to fill. This process goes very quickly.
  • Depending on the size of the pans you use, this recipe makes about 25 shells.
  • Filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and beat with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy- 3 minutes.
  • Fill the shell with 1 rounded Tablespoon of cheese filling into the center of the round shell.
  • Fold both ends into the middle and gently flatten out the filling.
  • Place shell folded side down into roasting pan or cookie sheet which has been coated with tomato sauce. Only one layer of shells to a pan.
  • Top the shells with tomato sauce before cooking.
  • These can be frozen in this state at this point and made in advance, or preheat the oven to 350 degrees and baked for 35-45 minutes or until the cheese has set and shells are firm to the touch.

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    " It was excellent "
    broadzilla ate it and said...
    This is exactly how we used to make them at one restaurant I worked in for 9 years. A little old Italian lady ran the kitchen, and everything was from scratch. Love the homemade manicotti shells! Thanks for posting this!!!
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