Jill likes pasta. When I am not traveling I like to work in a few comfort dishes so that she doesn’t feel like my taste kitchen. I wasn’t ready to commit to lasagna but wanted something beyond spaghetti so settled on Manicotti. I added a little ground turkey to make it more substantial.
I used up some sauce I made for my pizza last week and ran a little short for this one. It’s not lost on me how sad this pic is but I was in a hurry. It tasted great and while I would have had more sauce I would have put some on the bottom before laying in the Manicotti it really was nicely balanced with creaminess, al dente pasta and “tomato-y” zest.
1/2 lb of ground turkey
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
1 tbs chopped Italian parsley
Kosher Salt and Pepper
1 28 oz of Cento tomatoes
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbs of sugar
½ yellow onion
Handful of basil
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Make the marinara by putting the onions in a pan and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for 1mins. Then add everything else and cook for 30mins stirring occasionally. Turn off heat cool and put into a blender and make a smooth sauce. If you like it chunky skip this step.
2. Make the stuffing. Brown the turkey in a medium heated skillet with a little minced onion and garlic. Let it cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl mix the meat, egg, ricotta, parm together.
3. Cook your noodles per the directions on the box. Let them cool.
4. Assembly: Ideally ladle tomato sauce in the bottom of a 9×11 glass pan (I didn’t have enough but you will if you follow the sauce recipe. I used half on my pizza last week). Then fill each manicotti noodle with the filling and place them into the pan. Once completed top with sauce and mozzarella and cook in a 350 degree oven until cheese is melted and bubbly.