Stuffed Manicotti

26 Feb

Yummy Manicotti

Looking for a special dinner that won’t break the bank?  Try this easy delicious recipe for stuffed manicotti.  It would make a fun, easy candlelight meal.  I have fond memories of making this with my mom as a little girl.  🙂  It’s delicious.  This recipe makes 4 hearty servings.  It doubles easily to feed a larger family.   Serve alongside Herb Bread or Sesame Garlic Italian Bread.

1st cook 8 oz. manicotti shells according to package

To make the sauce:

  • Brown 1/2 lb. ground beef and 1 small chopped onion.  Drain.
  • Add in: 3 8oz cans of tomato sauce, 1/8 t. chili powder, pinch of crushed red pepper, 1/8 t. ground cumin, 1/4 t. oregano, 1/4 t. basil, 1/2 t. minced garlic, 1/2 4 oz. sliced mushrooms.  Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • To Make the Filling combine in a bowl: 1 1/2 c. cottage cheese, 1 c. mozzarella cheese, dash of salt and pepper, 1 beaten egg, 4-5 oz. cooked drained spinach (1/2 a 10 oz box), 1/2 t. chopped parsley. 
  •  Spoon 2/3 c. meat mixture on the bottom of a pan.  I used a 7×11 pan. 

Fill each shell with 1 heaping T. of filling mixture. (I used a baby spoon and it worked wonderful.) Lay on top of sauce.

Spoon remaining meat sauce over the top of the dish. Bake at 350 about 50 minutes. Yields: 4 servings.

Serve alongside a fresh salad and enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Stuffed Manicotti”

  1. Ann February 26, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    I bet you could fill these when the noodles are raw (uncooked) and just cover over with foil when you bake them. I would add 15 minutes to the baking time. I do that with lasagna noodles all the time.

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