Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

This was my favorite recipe as a kid. All the ingredients I've listed are kid friendly, but you could add spinach or other "adult-only" foods if you like. Serve with a nice green salad and warm bread! Delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In medium saucepan heat tomato sauce, tomatoes (with juice& chopped), water, olive oil, and sauce mix.
  2. Simmer 25 minutes.
  3. Brown ground beef and mix with a beaten egg, bread, cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and parsley.
  4. Put a little sauce in the bottom of pan.
  5. Stuff uncooked manicotti shells with meat filling.
  6. Place as a single layer in pan.
  7. Put sauce over the shells.
  8. Pour 1 cup of water around the edges of the pan.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes covered with foil.
  10. Remove foil and bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes.
Most Helpful

A winner at my non-eating ricotta household! DH always loved my meat and cheese stuffed shells and loved these just as much. I used diced tomatoes with garlic and onion, McCormick brand spaghetti sauce mix (1 envelope with mushroom and 1 envelope zesty). For the cheese, I used a shredded blend of 6 Italian cheeses and also topped off the dish in step #10 with extra cheese, as well as sprinkling on some Italian seasonings. I baked it for about 45 minutes with the foil on, then for about 15 minutes with the foil off and it was perfect. A keeper here at my house; thank you!

TheDancingCook January 07, 2005

We really enjoyed this one last night. I substituted parmesan cheese for the grated cheddar and added some shredded mozzarella on the top for the final ten minutes of baking. Next time I will bake a little longer than 40 minutes...the manicotti shells weren't quite done. Still this was wonderful and has been added to our list of family favorites. Thanks!

HoosierMomOf5 April 05, 2002