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    Mamma Mia, Now That's Italian Manicotti

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    2 hrs

    1 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    Chef SuzyQ's Note:

    Is your boss coming for dinner? Want to WOW your hard-to-impress Mother-in-Law? Here's the ticket! From an old Italian-American Community cookbook I came across. This takes some time to make, but WOW is it worth it!

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    BESCIAMELLIA (White Sauce)


    1. 1
      For TOMATO SAUCE:.
    2. 2
      Heat olive oil in a 2-qt. saucepan.
    3. 3
      Add chopped onion and garlic.
    4. 4
      Cook for 8 minutes or until soft but not brown.
    5. 5
      Add tomatoes, paste, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Break up tomatoes.
    6. 6
      Reduce heat to low with pan partially covered and cook for 40 minutes.
    7. 7
      Put a thin layer of tomato sauce in bottom of 9 x 13" pan and set aside.
    8. 8
      For FILLING:.
    9. 9
      Heat olive oil in skillet. Add onion and garlic, cook until soft.
    10. 10
      Stir in chopped spinach and cook, stirring constantly until all mixed together. Remove from skillet and put into a large mixing bowl.
    11. 11
      Melt 2 T. butter in same skillet and lightly brown ground beef. Drain off grease.
    12. 12
      Add the meat to the onion and spinach, along with the Parmesan cheese, Half n' Half, eggs, and oregano. Season to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix together thoroughly, but gently.
    13. 13
      Boil manicotti to al dente stage and stuff with filling. Lay manicotti gently in pan over the thin layer of tomato sauce.
    14. 14
    15. 15
      In a saucepan, melt butter and remove from heat.
    16. 16
      Stir in flour and pour in the milk and Half 'n Half, about a 1/2 cup at a time. Mix well.
    17. 17
      Return pan to high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
    18. 18
      Spoon besciamellia over stuffed manicotti shells.
    19. 19
      Top with remaining tomato sauce.
    20. 20
      Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
    21. 21
      Bake at 350 degrees uncovered on middle shelf of oven for 25 minutes. Let set 5 minutes before serving.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 13, 2013

      Best recipe i have ever made! no kidding...

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    • on January 03, 2009


      That was a great recipe and it turned out really well.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mamma Mia, Now That's Italian Manicotti

    Serving Size: 1 (390 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 696.5
    Calories from Fat 454
    Total Fat 50.5 g
    Saturated Fat 21.5 g
    Cholesterol 188.7 mg
    Sodium 1728.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
    Sugars 17.2 g
    Protein 26.2 g

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