|This was a mediterranean quinoa salad|
Ok so on to the manicotti. Austin was out of town again this week (he went to Malakoff to visit our friend Zac), so when he got home on Thursday night I wanted to make him a good little meal. I had originally planned to make Rachel Ray's recipe for 4 cheese stuffed shells, but the store didn't have any giant shells, so I improvised and kind of made up my own recipe for 3 cheese manicotti. To go with it I decided to try making some sweet potato fries (Austin called them SPFs haha). Here's the recipes with some pictures!
3 Cheese Manicotti
1 box manicotti shells (1 box contains 14)
1 lb ground beef
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 small onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6-7 basil leaves, chopped or torn
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon oregeno
1/2 tablespoon garlic salt
Salt and Pepper
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup parmesan cheese (1 bag)
4 cups mozzarella cheese (1 big bag)
In a large pot, boil as much water as you can and cook the manicotti shells for 7 minutes or until al dente. Drain, set the shells aside, and let cool. While the shells are cooking brown the meat and drain. Next, chop up your veggies and herbs:
|Garlic, onion, and basil (I didn't feel like buying parsley, so I just used dried)|
In a pyrex baking dish pour a little bit of the sauce (just enough to cover the bottom). Now, fill the manicotti with the cheese filling. Line the baking dish with 7 or the manicotti, and then put a little bit more of the filling on top:
|I know there's 8 here, but I'd use 7 next time I made it...|
|Kind of looks like lasagna, huh?|
Ok and here's the recipe for the sweet potato fries...I used one from Paula Deen, but I didn't have any of her "house seasoning", so I left that out.
Sweet Potato Fries (SPF)
2 sweet potatoes
Basically you just wash and peel two sweet potatoes, and then chop them into "fries":
Drizzle the fries with a little bit of EVOO, and toss to coat. Lay them on on a sheet pan lined with foil, and sprinkle on a little bit on salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika. Toss the fries again, and slide them into a 450 degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the fries are tender.
Make sure to turn them a couple of times while they are baking. Let them cool for about 5-10 minutes, and then serve!
Sorry I don't have pictures of the final products, but I had to rush off to work, so I let Austin finish the cooking...everything turned out really yummy though :)
Happy 4th of July weekend to everyone...I'll be back next week to tell y'all about the shenanigans we get into this weekend!