Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DAY 12: Stuffed Manicotti with Mario Batali

I got a bit behind on my posting so I won't have any of my cooking process to post until later tonight. But tonight I'm makimg this delicious stufed manicotti for the girls while my parents are out. It's actually a Mario Batali recipe but was featured on Rachael's show this summer. This is a really fun way to get your hands dirty with the little ones.

Here's what you need:
1/2 prosciutto cotto, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 carrot, finely, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 clove garlic, sliced
1 pound beef round ground (I use ground turkey)
1/2 tube tomato paste
1 cup milk
1 cup dry white wine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmigiano-Reggiano, for grating
3 eggs (or egg beaters)
1/2 cup grated Pecorino-Romano plus 1/2 cup
1 package Barilla manicotti
1 package Barilla manicotti
2 bunches Italian parsley, finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup
2 cups basic tomato sauce

Here's what you do:
1. Preheat the oven to 400
2. Cook the manicotti in a large pot with salt just like pasta. 
3. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and sweat over medium heat until the vegetables are translucent and soft but not browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Add the ground turkey and stir into the vegetables. Cook over medium heat until fully cooked.
5. Add the tomato paste, milk, and wine and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Season with S&P and remove from the heat and cool.
6. Place cool cooked and cooled ragu in large mixing bowl and add prosciutto cotto, eggs, 1/2 cup grated cheese and 1/2 chopped parsley and mix well. Season with S&P and carefully stuff into pasta tubes.
7. Layer pasta tubes in an oiled 8-inch by 10-inch baking dish, alternating with tomato sauce and grated cheese, until dish is full. Place in an oven and cook 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top and serve.

"And that's what's for dinner tonight!" -Rachael Ray

 Mario Batali's Stuffed Manicotti with Beef
 Check out the video here


  1. yum yum yum yum yum yum yum. thats all i can say!

  2. dang, girl, you're pwning this daily blogging thing.