Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Crepe Manicotti

If I had known how easy it was to make crepes, I would have been making my manicotti like this all along!

I always have preferred manicotti in an Italian restaurant because they use crepes. I hate the big pasta tubes they sell at the grocery store for manicotti.  They are big, hard to fill and too thick.  I found some manicotti made with crepes at Whole Foods, but it is a bit of a drive to get there and they are usually out of stock.   I no longer have to make a special trip to have manicotti!  The best part is that making crepes takes no time; I think it is quicker to make crepes that to boil noodles.  I am so glad I got over my fear and gave crepes a try! 



Crepes for Manicotti
Food for a Hungry Soul
(Printable Recipe)

1 cup flour
1 cup milk (or more as needed to achieve a thin-pancake batter consistency)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
(each mixture makes 8-9 manicotti shells)

Stir milk gradually with flour until smooth Add, stirring constantly, the beaten egg to which the salt has been added. For each shell, spray a preheated 6-inch frying pan with olive oil cooking spray, and pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the pan, tilting back and forth so that it spreads evenly.

When set on one side (30-35 seconds), turn and let the other side set (10 seconds). Slide off pan onto a clean work surface or dish and repeat until batter is used. (I separate the crepes with a piece of waxed paper to prevent them from sticking to each other).

Crepe Manicotti

Manicotti Filling

7 1/2 oz ricotta cheese
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 tsp garlic salt
Jar of your favorite pasta sauce

In a large bowl, combine cheeses, egg, garlic salt and pepper.  Fill each crepe with 3-4 Tbsp of filling and roll.  In large baking dish, pour a little sauce on the bottom of the dish.  Place rolled manicotti seam side down in dish.  Top with remaining sauce and extra mozzarella cheese.  Bake covered at 375 for 20-25 minutes. 

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  1. I made crepes once and was surprised at how easy and delicious. I agree about the grocery store "tubes" and never thought about why manicotti in restaurants was so different. I'll be making this soon! Thanks for the post Stephanie.

  2. We don't go to Italian places. My hubby is a country boy and really doesn't like anything like that except spaghetti.

    On the other hand, I luv all Italian dishes. But, never had manicotti out of crepes. Sounds great. So glad you shared the recipe. It looks very easy to make too.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I've wanted to try crepes, but have had the same fear problem. I like the idea of using them for the manicotti - delicious looking meal.

  4. It wasn't listed in the ingredients, but I'm assuming you use your favorite spaghetti sauce? I like Newman's or Classico the best. I suppose real chefs would make their own. ;-)

  5. I have never had a crepe based manicotti but these look so delicious, I am definitely intrigued! Perhaps I could follow it up with a nutella filled crepe :)
    PS: I saw your Chanel tweet on your sidebar and thought, I HAVE to follow her on Twitter :)

  6. My neighbor makes crepe manicotti but it wasn't until you talked about it here that I realized it was crepes he makes. Interesting.

    Excuse me while I hop over to your ice cream and donut and start drooling! :)

  7. What a great idea to use crepes instead of pasta shells for making manicotti. Who would of thought? I learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing.

    Great post!!

  8. Looks yummy! I just found your blog and will be bookmarking it. Thanks for your inspiration!

  9. I didn't know that about Italian restaurants - I've only ever made manicotti with tube pasta all these years. Who knew? Then again... I'm a horrible crepe maker, so I might be stuck.

  10. I had no idea about the manicotti using crepes! And you make this look so easy - my head is swimming with ideas. Thanks, Steph!

  11. This looks mouth watering! I have become quite the pro at making crepes, so this should be easy!

  12. Oh my gosh, I never even realized there were manicotti made with crepes. We love crepes and I make them all the time, I usually only make them with whole wheat flour, too, so this would be healthy, right? ;)