Jennie’s Homemade Manicotti

Serves 4

For the pasta crepes 

1 large egg

1 cup flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¾ cup whole milk, more as needed to thin the batter

canola oil, to lightly grease pan (see note)

For the filling

16 ounces ricotta cheese (here's my homemade recipe)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan or locatelli cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To Assemble the dish

2 cups marinara sauce

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Add the pasta ingredients to the bowl of a blender. Blend, adding more milk one teaspoon at a time, until batter is a thin, almost runny consistency. Heat a nonstick 8-inch skillet or crepe pan over medium-low heat. Brush pan lightly with oil, if needed (see note). Hold pan at an angle, and swirl pan as you pour in enough batter to coat bottom of skillet. Cook 30 to 45 seconds, flip and cook for 15 more seconds. And don’t forget, the first one or two might end up being sacrificial until you get the hang of swirling the pan. Transfer to a flat dish or tray. Repeat with remaining batter.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread ½ cup of marinara sauce into the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch casserole dish. Combine all the filling ingredients in a medium bowl; mix well. Lay pasta crepes on a flat surface and spoon an event amount of filling in a long strip down the center of each one. Roll crepes closed, and place seam-side down into the casserole dish. Evenly pour remaining sauce over filled crepes. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese over top and bake 20 minutes, until golden and bubbly. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve immediately.