Cheese and Zucchini Stuffed Manicotti

  • Yield 8 servings

When summer squash and tomatoes are in full swing, make this kid-friendly pasta dish.

Zucchini Manicotti
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Ingredients

Tomato Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
12 cups crushed fresh tomatoes
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
Manicotti:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups finely chopped zucchini squash
32 ounces whole-milk ricotta
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Chopped fresh basil, mint and oregano
1 (8-ounce) package manicotti shells (14 shells), cooked until al dente and drained

Instructions

  1.  To make sauce, heat oil in a large Dutch oven. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt and sugar; simmer over medium-low heat 1 to 2 hours, until thickened. Add remaining ingredients and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add squash and sauté until browned, about 7 minutes. Combine ricotta, egg, salt, cheese and herbs. Stir in squash. Stuff manicotti with squash mixture. Place in baking pan and cover with 3 cups sauce. (You’ll have sauce left over.) Bake 30 minutes.
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