Homemade Manicotti

ManicottiI love pasta.  Whether it's a bowl of linguine or a plate of lasagna, it's all good to me. Most of the time I will make a simple dish like penne or spaghetti with marinara sauce but once in a while, when I have some time, I'll make something a little more involved like homemade manicotti. Instead of using store bought pasta I make crepes. They are actually easier to fill and they taste so much better. I'll show you how I made mine.

Homemade_ManicottiI have a basic crepe recipe I use for both sweet crepes and manicotti. There are only a few ingredients. If I am making sweet crepes I add sugar. Homemade_Manicotti (1)I like to add different ingredients to the crepe mixture for a little extra flavor. It's fun to be creative here. I have been in the mood for basil lately so I decided to add some to this batch. By the way, these cool scissors make cutting fresh herbs so much easier. If you chop a lot of herbs, I highly recommend getting a pair! Homemade_Manicotti (2)I do not use a crepe pan. I use a large frying pan that is brushed lightly with olive oil and a tiny bit of butter. I keep the heat low so the crepes don't burn or stick. I pour the crepes the same way I would pour a pancake but I make them much thinner. I flip them with a regular spatula. Homemade_Manicotti (3)A thinner crepe makes a lighter, tastier manicotti. Homemade_Manicotti (4)One recipe yielded fifteen 6-7 inch crepes. Homemade_Manicotti (5)I fill the crepes with a blend of cheeses, egg and seasoning.

Homemade_Manicotti (6)Once the crepes are rolled I will bake some and freeze the rest. I like to freeze them without sauce so I can easily take out what I need later.Homemade_Manicotti (7)I will place the remaining manicotti in a greased baking pan that has a layer of sauce on the bottom.Homemade_Manicotti (8)I cover the manicotti with additional sauce and some grated cheese and bake it for about 40 minutes. Homade-ManicottiThere are so many ways to make this great Italian dish. If you have a favorite recipe or fun idea, I would love to hear about it!

Homemade Manicotti
Author: Leslie Reese
  • Basic Crepe Recipe
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • Cheese Filling for Manicotti
  • 1 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of your favorite shredded Italian cheese ( I use a blend of mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and asiago)
  • 2 eggs beaten (for thicker cheese filing use 1 egg)
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian seasoning (optional)
  • Additional Ingredients
  • Pasta sauce ( 1 jar or 4 cups of homemade sauce)
  • Grated cheese for topping
  1. Blend all ingredients in mixing bowl beating well. Let batter stand up to an hour for more perfect crepes.
  2. Pour a thin layer of batter into a heated pan that has been brushed lightly with olive oil and butter.
  3. Cook over low heat just until batter comes together to form a crepe.
  4. Flip crepe to cook other side and then carefully lift out of the pan with a spatula and place on a plate.
  5. Repeat until batter is gone.
  6. Blend all ingredients together.
  7. Place a few tablespoons of cheese mixture on top of each crepe and roll.
  8. Line the bottom of a greased pan with your favorite sauce (I use homemade marinara sauce. If using store bought sauce, you will need approximately 1 large jar for 1 batch of crepes.
  9. Cover the crepes with sauce and grated cheese (optional).
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until the crepes are heated through.


Leslie xo