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I tried Manicotti in the crockpot over the weekend and it was AWESOME.

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Posted to Thread #16372 at 7:05 pm on Oct 5, 2009

I had doubts on this one but forged ahead and was thrilled with the results. The method could be done with your favorite lasagna recipe as well.


2 boxes manicotti (UNCOOKED)
5-6 cups of your favorite sauce
1 lb ground beef or italian sausage
4 cups ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped parsley (fresh)
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Brown beef (or sausage) with salt and pepper.

Pour about 1/2 cup of sauce in the bottom of slowcooker.

Mix ricotta cheese, egg, chopped parsley, grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Fill uncooked manicotti with this mixture. (SO much easier when it's uncooked.)

Place one layer of manicotti in the slowcooker on the 1/2 cup of sauce. Pour 1/2 of remaining sauce over the manicotti. Add 1/2 of meat and 1/2 of grated mozzarella. Repeat with another layer of manicotti, sauce, meat and cheese.

Cook on low for 4 1/2 hours. (I cheated, I cooked it on high for the first hour and it was done in 3 1/2.)

The only drawback is if you really like the brown crust on your cheese. I don't, so this was perfect for us.

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