In a large bowl, combine the ricotta with the mozzarella, basil, 1 teaspoon
of salt and the pepper.
In a blender, process the flour, water, eggs and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until
smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
Heat an 8-inch crepe or omelet pan over moderately high heat. Lightly butter
the pan and add 2 tablespoons batter; working quickly, swirl the pan to coat
it evenly. Cook until the top of the crepe is dry and the bottom is lightly
golden about 1 minute. Flip the crepe and cook until the bottom is lightly golden,
about 20 seconds longer. Transfer the crepe to a large plate and repeat with
the remaining batter to make a total of 16 crepes.
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish
with 1 cup of the tomato sauce.
Arrange the crepes on a work surface. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the ricotta
filling in a line down the center of each crepe. Loosely roll up the crepes
and arrange them, seam side up, side by side in the baking dish. Pour the remaining
2 cups of tomato sauce over the manicotti and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tomato sauce is bubbling and the
manicotti are heated through.
Serve piping hot.
Makes 8 servings.
Make Ahead: The unbaked manicotti can be refrigerated overnight. Allow up to
15 minutes longer for baking.
Posted by bettyboop50 at Recipe Goldmine May 28, 2001.