Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Easy Manicotti

Anybody do the Food Network thing? Well, I should say, I go through the web site occasionally to get recipes as our TV is dominated by a. kid shows or b. man shows.

Last night I made this recipe. It was good but I made/will make a couple of changes when I make it again. I made it easier by buying preshredded cheese. One bag of Italian blend and one bag of parmesan (I know, Giada would be turning in her grave if she were dead right now). I used all of the bag of Italian blend and half of the bag of parmesan. Also, the three cup or whatever amount of tomato sauce the recipe says, just use a jar. 1/4 on the bottom of the pan and the rest on top. Oh, and I don't know why this is, but if you GRATE the garlic instead of chopping it or even using a garlic press you get tons more garlic flavor, which is Jeff's most favorite flavor besides salt in the world.

Next time around I am going to do half ground beef and half hot italian sausage because I think it would have much better flavor.

Serve with garlic bread and salad. Oh, I have a secret method to garlic bread that is super easy and the best BEST ever.

Seriously, just melt some butter in the microwave, mix in a lot of this stuff, put it on your bread (sourdough is the best) and toast it. Sometimes, when I am in a domestic diva mode (read rare to never), I will put some real crushed garlic on there, too.

I'm excited to microwave leftovers today.


Mommy Daisy said...

Mmm, this looks so yummy. I only ever use fresh garlic. I put it in my garlic press. It's less messy to handle, and you're right it has much more flavor. LOVE THE GARLIC. I will have to add this to my growing list of recipes to try. Man all my blogger pals are sharing lots of recipes right now.

Awesome Mom said...

That looks like a super yummy recipe. I love that stuff for garlic bread too. It makes it so much easier to do. My husband was always messing it up before so this is super easy and very tasty too.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha!: "would be turning in her grave if she were dead."

Laura said...

That sounds really good. I will have to try it. I use the garlic pastes, powders and minces a lot in my cooking. Sometimes I actually go through the drudgery of pressing some garlic but not too often.