Marci's Faux Ricotta Manicotti Roll-Ups with Tomato Sauce
1 box lasagna noodles
2 containers (15 oz each) part-skim ricotta cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
2 jars of your favorite already prepared tomato sauce
1 cup coarsely chopped mushrooms of your choice
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 bell pepper finely chopped
Chop all veggies, heat a medium skillet with 1 tablespoon oil, add mushrooms once oil is hot and saute until the mushrooms have darkened and softened to a good consistency. Remove mushrooms from pan, set aside to cool. Add chopped onions and bell peppers to the pan and saute until wilted and slightly browned, set aside. Cook pasta noodles just until it reaches al dente', drain and carefully remove lasagna noodles with tongs onto a plate (it is ok if some are broken.) While the pasta is cooking, mix together in large bowl the ricotta, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup of the Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of the Mozzarella cheese, thyme, oregano, salt, pepper and cooled mushrooms. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large 9x13 baking dish, pour one of the jars of tomato sauce into the dish and add cooked onions and bell peppers, stir in well. Taking one lasagna noodle at a time (on a separate plate) using about 2-3 tablespoons of the ricotta filling, evenly spread the mixture onto the noodle, and then starting at one end carefully roll up the lasagna noodle and place (seam down) into the baking dish with sauce. Repeat until finished (this should fill up the baking dish!) Once you are done with the lasagna roll-ups, pour over the other jar of tomato sauce (I only use half a jar, but it is up to you) and then top with the remainder Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese. Bake until bubbly about 30 minutes, and cheese is nicely browned in spots. Enjoy!
Photo 2 shows the dish before it goes into the oven (we like cheese!)
Photo 3 - Missing - Sorry no photo, we were too hungry and I forgot to take a picture!