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Tips on How to Make Scrumptious Manicotti Shells from Scratch

How to Make Manicotti Shells from Scratch
Manicotti shells are an Italian delicacy that has been improved over time by many food experts. You can try your hand at making this form of pasta at home.
Samarpita Choudhury
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2017
Quick Tip
Slightly grease the baking dish with oil before placing the shells into it for baking. This will prevent them from sticking.
Cannelloni or manicotti, whichever name you refer to it with, the taste is divine. Known in different countries by differing names, this Italian-born dish is a perfect moodsetter. It is a variety of pasta that is stuffed with the most lip-smacking filling mix of your choice. The Italian version of the name, Cannelloni, means a pipe. It is one of the most favorite holiday food, which is enjoyed at leisure with friends and family. Some manicotti dishes include manicotti shells with stuffed crab flesh, spinach-stuffed manicotti, chicken-stuffed manicotti, and veggie-mix manicotti among many others. You can also try stuffing seafood into the tubes. In fact, you can make any filling of your choice, and enjoy the little 'pipes'. Owing to its manifold benefits, such as ease of storage and the flexibility to use any type of filling, it is one of the most sought-after food favorites. The dish is filling and comes with some good nutritional value. Try out the following steps to get some of your own manicotti shells.
Ingredients for the crepe
Ingredients for the crepe
❖ Eggs, 2 large
❖ Milk, 1 cup
❖ Flour, 1 cup
❖ Salt, to taste
❖ Oil, to grease
Ingredients for the filling
❖ Cheese, 16 ounces, (preferably ricotta cheese)
❖ Eggs: 1, large
❖ Parsley, some flakes
❖ Cheese, grated
❖ Salt, suit your taste
❖ Garlic powder, according to taste
Note: If you want the pasta to be very fluffy, just add two more egg yolks. You can also add it in water to thin the batter. Limit it to about half a cup.
milk and egg mix
Milk egg mixture
Making the crepe
✦ In a large bowl, add the eggs and the milk. Whisk continuously to get a smooth and fluffy mixture.
flour mixture
Flour mixture
✦ Now add the flour. Whisk vigorously to avoid the formation of lumps. The batter should be smooth and creamy. You can let it sit for about 40 minutes.
dough on skillet
Dough on skillet
✦ On a medium flame, warm up the skillet and add about 2 tbsp. of oil. Alternatively, you can feel free to go with cooking spray instead. With the help of a deep spoon or a cup, pour the batter into the skillet.
circular dough
Circular shape of dough
✦ Move the skillet in a circular motion so that the batter is spread uniformly on the skillet.
flipped crepe
Flipped crepe
✦ Cook till the bottom is slightly browned. Don't overcook. We neither need hard crepe, nor do we want it to get burned.

✦ With the help of a spatula, turn the crepe very carefully. You can also flip it if you so desire. Cook briefly.
fried crepe
Fried crepe
✦ Your crepe is done.
Making the filling
✦ In a bowl, assemble all the ingredients required for the filling. Mix well. You need to put this mixture generously on to the crepe.
filling the crepe
Filling the crepe
Stuffing the crepe
✦ Place each crepe onto a flat surface. Spread some cheese right in the center and spread along the edges. Atop the cheese, pour a spoonful of the filling mixture on the crepe, and spread again.
sauce over manicotti
Sauce over manicotti
✦ Roll delicately.

✦ Repeat the above-mentioned step to get as many manicotti shells as you so desire.

✦ You can freeze these till they become stiff.

✦ Line them all up on a baking dish. Spread marinara sauce over the manicotti shells. Also, add grated cheese on top.
baked manicotti
Baked manicotti
✦ Place them inside the oven, which is preheated at about 350°F.

✦ Bake for around 20 - 30 minutes.

✦ Your golden manicotti shells with the red sauce on top is ready to be served. Enjoy!
You can also buy ready-made manicotta shells, fill them with the homemade filling of your choice, and bake it. But food tastes better if it is the result of our own painstaking efforts. The above-mentioned demonstration gives all the steps required to make manicotti shells right from scratch. You can also try out different types of stuffed variations once you pick up the basics.