It had been years since I made a good batch of manicotti! I have to admit, I originally wanted to make stuffed shells.... but man, oh man, in those years things have certainly changed. "Jumbo shells" have shrunk over the years, I mean really shrunk, I wouldn't actually consider them Jumbo by any stretch of the imagination.
So, I opted for manicotti. With all the work it takes to fill the pasta, putting a spoonful of filling into what was now going to be a significant amount of shells was going to be way too tedious for me. Finding manicotti took a visit to more than one grocery store....but in the end, it was all worth it.