Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hamicotti – Ham and Swiss Stuffed Manicotti – Freezer Meal Recipe


Manicotti Noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup butter
1-2 cups cooked ham - diced
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
2 cups shredded swiss cheese

In a large pot, boil noodles with olive oil - Slightly undercook the noodles
Drain and set noodles aside

In a skillet, cook onion and garlic - Add ham and cook
Stir in 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
Set Ham mixture aside

In a sauce pan stir in 6 tablespoons butter and 6 tablespoons flour
Heat for about 3 minutes constantly stirring
Continue stirring and add in 3 cups milk
Heat until thickened and then stir in swiss cheese
Remove from heat
Line a pan with foil and add 1/2 cup sauce to the bottom of the pan

Add 1/2 of the remaining sauce mixture to the ham mixture.

Fill the shells with the mixture and line on pan.
Pour remaining sauce over the stuffed shells and sprinkle with parmesan cheese

If freezing - Place directly into freezer. After frozen, using the foil that lined the pan, remove the entire block and place in a zip lock bag. Write the cooking directions directly on the bag


If cooking from the freezer either thaw overnight and bake covered for 40-60 minutes in 350* oven or bake for 1 hour at 300* then increase oven to 350* and bake an additional 30-45 minutes. Remove cover and bake 10-15 minutes more
If cooking immediately - Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes in a 350* oven.


Tip: This recipe will make 1 - 9x13 pan or 2 - 8x8 pans. For smaller families use the 8x8 size and save one for a second meal.

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