and Cheese Casserole
1 lb manicotti, or other medium-sized pasta
1 mixture Cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
Butter, softened at room temperature
1/3 teaspoon paprika
1/3 teaspoon cayenne
This is a
traditional tasty pasta and cheese, baked with a crust. Makes 6
- Prepare Cheese
Sauce according to directions given in our recipe.
a large pot with salted water, boil the manicotti
al dente; don't overcook it -- it will cook
1 cup bread crumbs and
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Butter a 5 quart
casserole, bottom and sides. Dump the crumb-and-cheese mixture into the
casserole and shake and tap it all
around so that all the surfaces are covered. You can even pat it into
place to help things out. The bulk of the crumbs will not
adhere; pour them back into the small bowl and reserve.
the oven to 325º F (about 165º C).
a large bowl, combine the pasta and the Cheese
all the manicotti and cheese into the casserole;
don't stir it, or you'll disturb the crumbs!
the remaining crumb mixture over the top of the pasta. Depending
on the size of your pan, you probably won't need all the crumbs; use
only a thin layer unless you're going to dot them
liberally with butter: too thick a layer of unbuttered crumbs will just
be dry and dusty. Dust generously with paprika and cayenne.
the casserole, uncovered, for about 50 minutes, until crusty
and bubbling. Serve immediately.
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