Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
This recipe is a family favorite and it is healthy too!
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 large)
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms or 1 (8 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups low fat cottage cheese
- 1⁄3 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
- 14 uncooked manicotti
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Heat oven 350 degrees.
- Cook ground beef, onion and garlic in 10-in nonstick skillet, stirring frequently, until beef is brown; drain.
- Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, parsley, basil, fennel seed and salt; break up tomatoes.
- Heat to boiling; reduce heat.
- Cover and Simmer 10 minutes.
- Spoon about 1/3 if the beef mixture into ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13X9X2 inches.
- Mix cottage cheese, 1/3 Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, pepper, and spinach.
- Fill uncooked manicotti shells with spinach mixture.
- Place shells on beef mixture in baking dish.
- Pour remaining beef mixture over shells, covering shells completely.
- Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
- Cover and bake 1 1/2 hours or until manicotti shells are tender.
this was awesome. and nutmeg poisoning will come if you use 14 teas instead of the 1/4 it calls for. haha. i loved this dish
I made this dish for my father in law. He is the hardest person to cook for, very high standards. And everyone loved it. Thanks. :)
The 14 teaspoons of nutmeg caused me to suffer nutmeg poisoning. DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE!