Home Made Manicotti

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Properties Weston, FL

OK, so I read Neal Blooms potato Pancake recipe for Chanukah. I thought I would give you my home made Manicotti recipe for the Holidays. This is my first post on my Active Rain Blog. I thought this might be a little weird to have as a first post, but why not. This is a family tradition for Christmas Day, and was a welcomed relief when I was a kid, since Christmas Eve was only fish. They are little bit of work, but definitely worth it.


Manicotti Shells:

In a blender mix 2 cups of flour, 1.5 cups of water, 1/2 cup of milk, 2 eggs, and salt.

Blend the mixture together and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Use a 6 inch frying pan sprayed with Pam. Heat the pan, and after pouring the batter in swirl the batter around the pan to make the shell as thin as possible. You will see when the shell is ready, at that point turn the pan over onto a table cloth. Repeat process.


2 pounds of ricotta

2 eggs

1 cup grated Romano, or Parmesan cheese

1 package of Mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup of parsley.

pepper to taste.

At this point you can also add anything you like. Spinach would be a good example. I usually leave it plain cheese.

Fill each shell with a tablespoon of mixture. Make sure the shell is cool or the mixture could sour. Try to not over fill since the cheese will melt and too much mixture will spill out of the shell when cooking. Roll the shell to close it.

Now in a deep pan, pour some cool sauce on the bottom and put the shells into the pan. Make sure the sauce is room temperature, so you do not sour the cheese. Pour a little sauce over each shell and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. For better presentation for the table put the oven on Broil for the last 2-3 minutes of cooking, and try to burn the cheese on top.  

Well I hope you like the recipe. Mangia! (eat in Italian)

A little trivia:

I know everyone calls macaroni pasta, but there is a difference. Not all macaroni is pasta, and not all pasta is macaroni. As a kid we always called it macaroni.

What is the difference between pasta and macaroni?

Pasta is anything made with eggs,like the shells above, and macaroni is flour and water.


Happy Holidays everyone.


John Palmisano

Keller Williams Weston, FL




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Kris Wales
Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center - Macomb, MI
Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI

Wow, you make your own shells!    I love manicotti but haven't been brave enough yet to try my own shells.  Perhaps with your easy to follow recipe I'll work up the courage :-)

Dec 23, 2008 11:02 PM #1
Mike Klijanowicz
Cummings & Co. Realtors - Perry Hall, MD
Associate Broker @ Cummings & Co. Realtors

WELCOME TO ACTIVE RAIN!  I hope your stay here is as rewarding as mine has been.  Thanks for sharing your recipe with us here...

Dec 23, 2008 11:09 PM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Hey John....sounds like fun....in the frozen north we do a lot of cooking from scratch though I confess to having bought the shells....make homade sauce....we'll be in Florida to thaw out a little next month....have a very happy holiday !

Dec 23, 2008 11:14 PM #3
Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC
Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC - Rockledge, FL
... a small office, delivering big service!

Hey John...send me up some. Not too far away so UPS can get it here while it is still hot! Congrats on your first post!

Dec 23, 2008 11:31 PM #4
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi John, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash

Dec 23, 2008 11:49 PM #5
John Palmisano
Keller Williams Properties Weston, FL - Weston, FL

Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. Happy Holidays to everyone.



Dec 24, 2008 12:14 AM #6
Matt Stigliano
Kimberly Howell Properties (210) 646-HOME - San Antonio, TX

John - Homemade manicotti?  Delicious.  I haven't had manicotti in a long time and now have a hunger for it.  In fact, my stomach just started rumbling pretty bad.  I miss my dad's great Italian cooking although I learned a lot and I'm pretty proud of my results.  But like all cooking, the mother/father always does it best.

Dec 26, 2008 12:37 AM #7
Scott Baker
www.eHomeReports.com Coldwell Banker West Shell - Liberty Township, OH
Realtor Homes for Sale in Cincinnati, West Chester, Mason, OH Area

Good post John. Reads like it would taste very good. But I am not a good cook so I'll leave it to others to tell me how it tastes. Successful 2009 is up to us.

Dec 28, 2008 01:54 AM #8
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
ERA - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
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Hi John, and welcome to Active Rain.

I make homemade chicken soup with homemade noodles - the noodle recipe is about the same without the water - I roll them out, delicious.

Dec 28, 2008 06:15 AM #9
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