Nuts for Nutella, and Manicotta

23 Jan

The weather yesterday was (AGAIN) unseasonably warm. The 2 little girls spent quite a bit of time outside playing. Yay! It was a great day for being creative and for making my Manicotti Recipe.

Since World Nutella Day is fast approaching, and I LOVE Nutella, the hubs and I had talked about making some Nutella recipes. I have quite a few of them. However, the hubs challenged me to make something that I do not have a recipe for; Nutella Puppy Chow. Not much of a challenge, since my plan was to just substitute Nutella for the called for peanut butter. I enlisted the help of daughter number 2, since she had made puppy chow before. For anyone not familiar with the snack, it is melted chocolate chips and peanut butter that you coat square rice cereal with (Chex), then cover with powdered sugar.

We all liked the Nutella puppy chow, however, it did not have quite the hazelnut flavor I was hoping for. It was definitely more chocolaty than the peanut butter kind.

The hubs and I were really not on the same page for dinner. I was feeling like eating something unhealthy and fattening and delicious, and he (this is such a reversal) wanted something a little lighter. After much discussion, I decided I would go to the store and get some pasta or something “light-ish”.

The hubs and I discovered before I left for the store that I had everything in the house to make the cheese filling for my manicotti recipe, and if we made our own pasta, we didn’t have to go to the store! Now, the teenager can’t eat cooked cheese, so we decided we would just make plain pasta for her; either fettuccine or angel hair.

I started making the dough for the pasta. It seemed a bit stiff (I will have to work on that). The hubs was able to knead it more and make it smooth. While he was doing that I started bread dough for some quick Italian bread, and made the manicotti filling. When he had the dough rolled out for the pasta, we cut the pasta for the manicotti, filled it, sealed it, and laid it in a 9×13 dish. When the dish was filled with our cheesy goodness, we still had quite a bit of dough, so we made both fettuccine and angel hair. WOW! The fresh noodles were beyond amazing. Daughter number 2 was quite impressed and satisfied with her dinner!

The homemade pasta turned out ok. The filling for my manicotti recipe was divine. The pasta got a little tough in the oven, so next time I will cover it with foil or a nice sauce.

Of course, the bread was a HUGE hit, as always.

I am so lucky to have a husband who likes to spend time with me in the kitchen. Making pasta together may be our new favorite thing to do together!

Cheese Manicotti

Cheese Manicotti


There are so many holidays and events coming up that I am getting super excited for all of the great food creations that are waiting! I hope you are getting excited, too!

Manicotti Filling

  • 1 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (Parmesan, Asiago, Romano)
  • 1 egg
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Sea Salt
  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Fill the Manicotti noodles with filling. 

  3. Place filled pasta in a lightly greased baking dish. If desired, cover with pasta sauce. Cover with aluminum foil.

  4. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until heated through.

This mixture is great to stuff manicotti, shells, or other fillable pastas!

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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Dinner Recipes


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