Cook manicotti as directed on package. Rinse in cool water and set aside. Meanwhile, cook onion, garlic, and bell pepper in 1/4 cup butter or olive oil until tender. Add ham and set aside to cool. Stir in 1/3 cup parmesan cheese.
In another heavy sauce pan cook 6 Tbsp. butter or olive oil until foamy. Stir in flour and stir constantly until mixture bubbles (about 3 minutes). Add milk and whisk until sauce thickens. Stir in two cups Swiss cheese. Mix 1/4 cheese sauce with ham mixture.
Fill manicotti shells with ham mixture (use fingers--messy but most efficient). Spread 1/2 cup cheese sauce on bottom of 13 x 9 inch glass baking pan. Arrange shells on top of sauce. Sprinkle any remaining ham mixture on top of shells. Pour remaining cheese sauce over shells. At this point the manicotti may be cooled in refrigerator, then wrapped and frozen up to three months. To thaw and reheat put in refrigerator overnight then uncover and sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. If not freezing sprinkle with 1/2 cup parmesan and bake 30-40 minute until bubbly.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.