Ingredients: 1 box Manicotti noodles 1 can of Spaghetti sauce (16oz) Nonstick cooking spray Filling: 1 ½ block of cream cheese ½ cup fiesta blend cheese ½ cup mozzarella cheese ½ cup parmesan cheese ¼ cup milk ½ stick of melted butter 1 tsp garlic powder ½ diced onion 1 tsp red pepper flakes 1 tbs Italian seasoning 1 tbs seasonal salt 1 tsp black pepper ¼ cup chopped chives
Add meat if desired. I have used chicken, shrimp, breakfast sausage and hamburger (1 cup).For less spice, leave out Red Pepper Flakes.
First I start by boiling my noodles in water. Let them cook until they are soft. Once you get the noodles in the water, start cooking the meat you have chosen. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. The meat and noodles should get done cooking at the same time. While my noodles and meat are cooking, I make the filling. To start the filling, melt your cream cheese and butter in the microwave until it is smooth and creamy. Then I add fiesta blend cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, meat, chopped onion and chives. Stir until mixed evenly. Then seasonings; garlic powder, red pepper, Italian seasoning, seasonal salt and black pepper. Then thoroughly mix all of the filling together. Once the noodles and meat are completely cooked, I pour them into my strainer and leave them there to cool. While they are in the sink, I run cold water over them. This keeps them from getting hard and sticking together. Next you will take the filling and stuff it into the noodles. I have found that this best works with a smaller spoon. Spray a pan with your nonstick cooking spray and lightly cover the bottom with spaghetti sauce. You will place all of your stuffed noodles into that pan. Take the rest of your spaghetti sauce and pour it evenly over the noodles and then bake for 15-20 min. Then pull them out to cool and enjoy!