READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by kzbhansen

This is one of the best manicotti I have had. *Update* for once a month cooking this is perfect.

Top Review by Talon378

Made this last night for a party and it was a HUGE hit. I made one change by replacing the ground beef with italian sausage. Added just the right amount of zing and all five of my friends loved it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste with water, brown sugar, oregano, basil and garlic in a large sauce pan.
  2. Cover and cook slowly for an hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add 1 cup mozzarella cheese into the sauce and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to the sauce.
  3. Meanwhile brown beef and onion in a frying pan, separating meat into chunks. Drain and add 1 cup of mozzarella, bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper.
  4. Cook the manicotti for about 4 minutes in hot water; drain.
  5. Place 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of 9x13-inch pan and spread evenly.
  6. Fill manicotti with beef mixture and place on top of the sauce in the pan in 1 even layer.
  7. Add any leftover beef to the sauce mixture.
  8. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.
  10. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
  11. *Update*.
  12. Leftovers may be frozen in airtight bags then reheated in boiling water or microwave after fully thawing.

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