Step 5: Manicotti
These diagonal-cut manicotti lend themselves better to cooking on their sides. If you can find flat-cut manicotti, you can cook them upright in a taller slow cooker.
Spread sauce evenly across each tube. Use a spoonful of sauce per tube, spreading the sauce across the tube. For each new tube, start from the opposite end. So we went up-to-down, then down-to-up. This helps to better distribute the sauce as it cooks and prevents major dry spots.
Top with sauce and then the topping cheese. Consider that manicotti is a giant cheese tube, so you may consider a generous, robust sauce.
Just like the other recipes, these tend to finish on low in 2-3 hours or on high in 60-90 minutes.