READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Kathleen Talbot

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!

Top Review by TheDancingCook

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!

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.

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