Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

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

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.
Most Helpful

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.

4 5

This is one of the best we have tried. It is a very nice change from the cheese filled noodles.

5 5

Another wonderful dish Karen. I haven't had manicotti in quite a while and this dish was very satisfying. Loved the flavor of the sauce and the meat filling. I made 12 manicotti's and had no filling leftover,with plenty of sauce to pour over. I never thought to cook the noodles for such a short time, at first I thought it was a typo then realized it partially cooks and it is finished cooking in the oven. This really prevents it from ripping apart when boiling the noodles which I always had a problem with before. Great tip. Thanks for this delicious recipe.