Manicotti, like most Italian food, is a big favorite in our house. Ever since we started this vegetarian journey I have attempted to find tasty Veg Italian dishes that even my meat loving husband would love. Since we trade off on cooking duty, this means he has to come up with creative veggie dishes too. Tonight he came up with a real winner that everyone, except our toddler devoured… it was vegetarian Manicotti, and if not for cheese lightly sprinkled on top, it would have been vegan too!
Manicotti is tubular shaped pasta made from semolina flour and water. Eggs are sometimes used to, so if you do want to attempt to make this a vegan dish, check the ingredients on your box of Manicotti. Traditional Manicotti is stuffed with cheese (ricotta), meat, and sometimes vegetables. The Manicotti my husband made tonight was stuffed with garlic mashed potatoes! We weren’t sure how it would turn out but it was SCRUMPTIOUS! It was creamy and flavorful just like cheese…
Just cook potatoes and mash with a mixer or in a Vita-Mix to get them super smooth. Use a pastry tube to squirt them inside the cooked pasta shells and then top with homemade tomato sauce (or a jar if that is your thing) and light sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese or soy cheese if you are a vegan. Bake them until the sauce is heated through and the cheese is melted. Yum!
Also make sure to check out: The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook: 350 Essential Recipes for Inspired Everyday Eating