Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
I've been making this recipe in shells for my son's October birthday parties for years now the whole extended family looks forward to it. This recipe is also the basis of my pumpkin lasagna that I make almost once a month year round.
The tomato/pumpkin combination was different, but still good. Made stuffed shells, because our store was out of manicotti.
I made this using jumbo shells (about 20) instead of manicotti and it turned out well! I noticed others mentioning that the pumpkin flavor didn't stand out, which was a bit disappointing to me. So to help counter that, I did 1/8 tsp nutmeg, and a rounded 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. That really helped the pumpkin stand out. It still wasn't overpowering, but it was more noticeable. After it was finished baking, we found it still needed a little something, so we added a bit more parmesan on top, and that did the trick. I'd be interested in trying a parmesan-bread crumb mixture on top of the pasta before baking it. A great recipe we'd try again, but 4 stars because of the need to tweak it a bit to suit our taste.
Loved this recipe! Will definitely make again!
Delicious! I really love this recipe! I didn't have nutmeg, so I used mace instead. Used a ziploc baggie with a small hole cut on one end to fill the manicotti shells -- much easier than trying to stuff them with a spoon!
We ate this tonight for dinner and literally devoured the pan. Every single one of us went back for seconds and we ended up with only two manicotti uneaten. I followed the recipe exactly, but I did make this several days ahead of time and refrigerate it. I will absolutely make this again, especially since I can make it ahead of time! I do agree with other reviewers that you can barely taste the pumpkin and I would like a way to make that flavor more pronounced. Overall, a great recipe.
I made these the other night for dinner. I cut the recipe in half and it worked out very well. My husband agrees with the other reviewers that you cannot taste the pumpkin. I used freshly roasted pumpkin as well. The dish turned out very well using fat free ricotta and just using 1 whole egg vs egg yolks. So if you are looking to sneak in some extra veggies into your diet or your families diet this is a good way to do it without them noticing the pumpkin.
This turned out very well. I also used a ziploc bag to fill them, but made the hole a little too big so made a mess. We both loved it. Will keep in my recipe box to make over and over again! Yum!
You don't really notice the pumpkin, but it provides a creamy, cheesy filling. Husband was afraid to try it, but loved it. Will make again and again.To clarify the other reviews: there is no extra filling. This makes 14 manicotti, a whole 8 oz package. 2 manicotti per serving.