Rachael Ray: Jake Smollett Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole Recipe

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Rachael Ray: Jake Smollett’s Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole

If you plan on welcoming a large number of family members or friends to your home anytime soon, you’ll know how important it is to have food ready. Lucky for us, Jake Smollett was with Rachael Ray once again, this time with the perfect recipe for just that occasion! His Cheesy Herb Manicotti will have many of your family members questioning when you learned to cook, while others will to be too busy stuffing their faces to even speak! You don’t need meat to complete this recipe, and if you serve it with a side salad and some garlic bread, you’ve got yourself the perfect dinner spread!

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Rachael Ray: Jake Smollett Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole Recipe Ingredients

Rachael Ray: Jake Smollett Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole Recipe

Jake Smollett’s Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole is so hearty and delicious, you;ll want to prepare this meatless dish every chance you get! (jeffreyww / Flickr)

  • 1 lb block sharp white cheddar cheese – shredded
  • 2 8-oz packages manicotti pasta (21 tubes)
  • 1/2 lb block smoked white cheddar cheese – shredded

For the Pesto:

For the Crunchy Topping:

  • 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 C Kraft parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 C whole milk
  • 1/2 tbsp dried basil flakes
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1/2 C traditional panko breadcrumbs

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Jake Smollett: Rachael Ray Cheesy Herb Manicotti Casserole Recipe Directions

  1. Bring eight qts of water to a boil in a large pasta pot
  2. Cook the manicotti pasta to al dente, then drain under cold water
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  4. Mix the sharp and smoked cheddar cheeses together in a large bowl
  5. For the pesto, chop the basil and oregano, then add to the food processor with parmesan cheese, pine nuts, milk, and salt
  6. Process into a paste
  7. For the topping: in a medium bowl, mix the dried oregano and basil, parmesan cheese, chili flakes, and breadcrumbs
  8. In a 9×13-inch baking dish, arrange one layer of the manicotti pastaa, opening the tubes to make a flat pasta like lasagna
  9. Add a layer of the cheese blend then another layer of pasta
  10. Add another layer of cheese then another layer of pasta, then spread the pesto in an even layer on top
  11. Top the pesto with another layer of cheese and then one more layer of noodles and cheese
  12. Spread the topping over the four layers and pour in 1/4 C milk along the edge of the dish
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes

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