I like to stuff my uncooked manicotti with a combination mixture of ground beef, onion, cheese, and sauce, all blended together under heat. I then lift one end to my lips and blow hard, making sure to point the pasta tube at my cat.
I don't reqally do that; but it would be fun. I do cook my manicotti, but not to the al dente stage. It breaks too easily when it is fully cooked. I do use the combo stuffing though. And sometimes, I add minced mushrooms as well. I then top it with a slightly watery sauce and more cheese. Then, cover the pan sith foil and cook for thirty minutes.
Btu partially cooking the pasta, I find that I can control the sauce thickeness better than if I use completely uncooked manicotti tubes. I also over-spice the sauce as the substantial flavor of the noodle will drown the herbs and spices of the sauce you would make for spaghetti. Also, the cheese dilutes the herb/spice flavor as well.
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