There are so many things you can use to stuff manicotti. We had a box of manicotti and all the ingredients on hand to make this beef stuffed manicotti and it was extremely tasty. You can either make this recipe as is, or perhaps you would like to use it as a starting point and alter it to suit your taste. For example — add some cottage cheese to the meat filling or use mozarella cheese instead of the cheddar.
The fun part of cooking is changing a recipe and making it uniquely your own!
Makes 8 Manicotti in 8″ x 8″ casserole dish
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 3/4 C chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 T dry oregano
- 1 T parsley flakes
- 3 T tomato paste
- 1/2 C water
Manicotti and sauce:
- 8 boiled manicotti
- 12 oz. tomato sauce
- 1/2 C water
- 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
Saute chopped the onion and garlic in 1 T margarine until onions are translucent then add the ground beef and fry until brown. Now add the seasonings, tomato paste and water stirring to combine, simmer and allow the water to evaporate. Set aside to cool and now is the time to boil the manicotti in water with a tablespoon of oil for 7 minutes.
Drain the manicotti and add about a cup of cold water in the pot to keep the manicotti moist and to cool them down so they can be handled. Fill each manicotti with the meat and place in an 8″ x 8″ greased casserole dish placing 6 down the center and 1 on each side. Sprinkle with 1/2 C shredded cheddar cheese. Dilute the tomato sauce with 1/2 C water and pour on the manicotti then sprinkle the remaining 1/2 C shredded cheese on top.
Bake in a pre-heated 375º oven for 40 minutes. Serve with a tossed green salad and hot rolls.
Saute onion and garlic then brown the ground beef. Add tomato paste, spices and water. Stir to blend and simmer until water has evaporated
Stuff the cooked manicotti with the meat and place in greased casserole dish
Sprinkle half of the cheese on the manicotti
Pour the diluted tomato sauce over the cheddar cheese
Sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese on top and bake in 375º oven for 40 minutes.
Nicely browned in the oven and ready to serve