Manicotti cheese filling may not be an ingredient you often think about when firing up the grill. But it's so versatile and delicious that maybe you should consider giving it a second look.
I recently made Manicotti on the grill to celebrate Mother's Day. When it comes to comfort food, cheese is an ingredient that always says a dish was made with care.
When I whipped together this manicotti cheese filling it was an excuse to try my hand at homemade pasta and my new pasta machine.
Cooking pasta on the grill is still a novel idea for many so using a fresh pasta eliminated the need for me to boil. All the pasta cooking was done in the sauce inside of a covered dutch oven.
Manicotti cheese filling comes together quickly
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
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.
The manicotti cheese filling would make a really nice ingredient for ravioli or lasagna, but could especially tasty on a pizza or calzone. If you're making this on a Kamado grill check out why it's important to heat soak your Kamado grill before cooking.
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.
Manicotti Cheese Filling Recipe
- 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
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer combine all ingredients and stir well
- Use Manicotti cheese filling to stuff any pasta or vegetables you desire