Mothers Day Manicotti Cheese Filling Recipe

I recently made Manicotti on the grill to celebrate Mothers Day.  This is how I made the cheese filling:

16 oz Ricotta Cheese

8 oz Mozzarella Cheese Grated

¼ cup finely minced onion

¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley

2 eggs

2 tbs Garlic Powder

1tsp Salt

1tsp Black Pepper

 

Mix all ingredients well in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, or with an electric mixer.  Take care to make sure the eggs are well incorporated, as they will help to keep the mixture together during baking

Manicotti Cheese Stuffing prior to mixing
Manicotti Cheese Stuffing prior to mixing
Manicotti Cheese Stuffing after mixing
Manicotti Cheese mixture after mixing

 

This recipe could easily be modified to include some additional spice.  Crushed red pepper or Sriracha hot sauce could be used to add a little zip to the cheese.  Additionally, basil could be added, or substituted  for the fresh parsley.  This would make a really nice filling for ravioli or lasagna, but could especially tasty on a pizza or calzone.  I like to use the eggs in this recipe because I find that it keeps the mixture from running.  As in many Italian influenced dishes, this cheese mixture often tastes better the next day after cooking.  Somehow the spices and the flavors develop more intensely after cooking and cooling.

 

 

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