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Meatless Manicotti- It’s basically Chef Boyardee

August 27, 2012

Okay, that’s a lie. It’s not anything like Chef Boyardee. Or maybe it is…I’m not really sure. I never got the privilege of eating such canned artificial foods during my childhood. Luckily I had two sisters, so I wasn’t the only person in the 90’s not consuming pasta and meat out of a can. Regardless, I don’t think this manicotti recipe would pass as Chef Boyardee (maybe that’s just because it’s vegan and homemade).

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I’m not going to pretend that this is a super delicious looking picture. In all honesty, I made a whole pan of manicotti and devoured most of it before I remembered to take a picture. Sadly, this is what is left.

Basic Vegan Manicotti Recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. ~10 Manicotti noodles (also large shell pasta works nicely)
  2. Tomato Sauce (regular 16oz can works fine)
  3. White beans (I used dried lima beans, but you could also just buy a can of white northern beans)
  4. 3 tbs Olive Oil
  5. 4 cloves Garlic
  6. Half of an onion
  7. 2 tsp Italian spices

Recipe:

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Usually this involves adding it to boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
  • While the pasta is cooking, take out your food processor and add the following: beans, olive oil, garlic, onion, and spices. If you are strapped for time, I recommend just using a normal sized can of white beans. If you have all the time in the world, you can use dry beans. (Obviously soak and cook the dry beans first, before using them in this recipe). Food processor together until a thick paste is formed. This is your filling.
  • Once the pasta has finished cooking, rinse in cold water.
  • Put a little bit of tomato sauce in the bottom of a large pan (a casserole pan works well).
  • Fill the manicotti noodles with the filling. Place in the pan. Depending on the size of your noodles, you should be able to stuff about 10.
  • Once all the noodles are stuffed and in the pan, cover everything with a tomato sauce.
  • Place in the over at 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.

The awesome thing about this recipe is that you can change it in so many ways(hence basic). You could add things to the filling (think spinach, peppers, fresh basil). You could also spice up the tomato sauce with wine (I like to add a rich red wine) or more herbs. Enjoy!

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