Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr
This is literally *my* recipe. I made it up. It's also a family favorite. Because this is one that really isn't written down, it's hard to come up with set quantities. How many noodles are needed depends on how tight you pack them. That, in turn, will determine how much tomato/spaghetti sauce is needed to cover the noodles, and how large a baking dish is needed. How much or little seasoning is used is a personal thing. I just sprinkle some in. As you can guess, this dish is never exactly the same twice in a row.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- italian seasoning
- garlic salt, powder or garlic flakes
- 2 pinches oregano
- canned tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
- grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Brown ground beef in pan.
- Drain any grease, and let cool slightly.
- Season to taste.
- Pour about 1/4 inch layer of tomato or spaghetti sauce in the bottom of an oven proof baking dish.
- Stuff dry manicotti noodles with seasoned ground beef.
- They should be packed firm, but not so tight as to break the noodles.
- Place filled noodles in the baking dish.
- Continue until all the seasoned meat is used.
- If there's just a tiny bit left, not enough to fill a noodle, sprinkle it over the top of the stuffed noodles.
- Cover stuffed noodles with remaining tomato or spaghetti sauce.
- Cover dish with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
- When done, remove from oven, remove foil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
- Serve hot.
This was great, Sandaidh, trouble-free, tasty and very more-ish. I added a carrot and 2 stalks celery both grated to cook with the beef for added vitamins and because I like the taste. Will certainly make this again.
Wonderful! Followed the recipe to the letter, and the whole family loved it. The ONLY thing I will change next time is I'll use more sauce, and add just a touch of sugar to cut the bitterness. This was very easy to fix, and it's a keeper!
Sandaidh gave me this recipe early last spring and my neighbors and I have 'pigged out' on this a few times. We always use the spaghetti sauce and dice up one clove of garlic to add to it and I must say we all love it. So easy to make and so delicious. Deff. a 5 star in our book. We'll be making it again soon I know. Chuck