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PREP2 h
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Cooking40 min
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Ready in2 h 40 min

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce Ingredients

Filling Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Step
    Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk well so that it is lump free. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour (4 hours is ideal).
  2. Step
    Make the other elements of the manicotti while this rests. Once rested, warm an 8-inch or larger non-stick pan on medium heat and wipe with some vegetable oil (I use a paper towel, and vegetable spray also works).
  3. Step
    Ladle or pour 2 oz (1/4 cup) of batter into pan, turning and tilting skillet to coat bottom evenly with batter. As the edge of the crêpe cooks and releases from the pan, flip it over to finish cooking. Avoid cooking too long or any dark colouration. 30 seconds per side is about all it takes.
  4. Step
    Move crêpes to a sheet tray with parchment paper to cool. Avoid overlapping the crêpes as they will stick together when warm.
  5. Step
    Repeat steps 2 through 4 until all the batter is used up.

Tomato Sauce Instructions

  1. Step
    Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottom medium pot, then add the onions and garlic and cook gently until translucent.
  2. Step
    Add the crushed tomatoes and red pepper, and bring to a simmer. Add salt to taste and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Step
    The tomato sauce should not be too thick. Double check the seasoning, remove the red pepper and set aside, keeping warm.

Filling Instructions

  1. Step
    Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl with a spoon until it looks homogenous. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste, hold in the fridge.

Béchamel Sauce Instructions

  1. Step
    In a small sauce pot, make a roux by melting the butter then whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes (until the raw flour smell is no longer present). Whisk regularly and don’t let the roux brown.
  2. Step
    Add the milk in a slow, steady stream while whisking and continue to whisk until fully smooth. Let cook on low until the sauce thickens, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Step
    Season with salt and white pepper (if available). Consistency should be thin enough to pour and thick enough to cover the back of a spoon.
  4. Step
    Keep warm and set aside.

Assembling Your Manicotti:

  1. Step
    Lay out your crêpes on a dry clean surface.
  2. Step
    Place 2 tablespoons of filling onto each crêpe and spread evenly over the middle 2/3 of each cr.pe. Roll the crepes up.
  3. Step
    In an oven safe casserole dish, spread a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom. Arrange the rolled manicotti side by side in the dish.
  4. Step
    Cover in more tomato sauce and drizzle the béchamel liberally over top.
  5. Step
    Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350F (180C) for 40 minutes. Make sure that it is bubbling all over.
  6. Step
    Remove, uncover and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with a little extra hot tomato sauce and freshly grated aged cheese to top. Garnish with some freshly torn basil.

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