This is our favorite frozen dinner lately. We serve it with some kind of yummy crusty bread or french bread and spinach salad on the side – yum.
From Fix, Freeze, Feast Makes 4 entrees, 4 servings each
1 container (48 ounces) cottage cheese (6 cups)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, about 12 ounces
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 (8 ounces each) boxes manicotti (12-14 shells per box), uncooked
12 cups Basic Red Sauce, or your own Marinara sauce
1. Mix cottage cheese, eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stuff filling into manicotti shells. Easiest way to do that: fill a pastry bag or zip loc with filling and pipe the filling into the shell that way – so much faster and less messy.
2. Spread 1/2 cup of red sauce in the bottom of each baking dish. Place six or seven manicotti in each dish. Divide remaining red sauce evenly over the four dishes of manicotti. Wrap each dish entirely in plastic wrap.
3. Top with foil, label and freeze.
TO COOK ONE ENTREE:
Thaw one entree in the fridge or bake it straight from the freezer. Preheat the oven to 350. Remove plastic wrap and foil from baking dish and replace foil. Bake 45 minutes if thawed, 1 hour if frozen. Remove foil and continue baking (if necessary) until the noodles are tender.