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    The Best Italian Manicotti

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    1 hr 25 mins

    25 mins

    1 hr

    weekend cooker's Note:

    This manicotti is great, if followedcorrectly. Been making this for about 10 years now.

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    Serves: 6-8



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    1. 1
      Ina large skillet, brown ground beef, then add garlic and onion, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes and drain.
    2. 2
      Add tomatoes, and the tomato liquid, mushrooms, fennel seed, basil, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and pepper and stir to mix well.
    3. 3
      Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    4. 4
      In a seperate bowl, stir together well drained spinach, half the parmesan, cottage cheese, nutmeg, and pepper.
    5. 5
      In a sprayed 9x13 inch baking dish, spoon 1/3 of the beef sauce evenly over bottom of dish.
    6. 6
      Fill manicotti shells with spinach mixture and place on beef layer in baking dish.
    7. 7
      Repeat until all spinach mixture has been used in manicotti shells.
    8. 8
      Pour remaining beef sauce evenly over manicotti shells to cover.
    9. 9
      Sprinkle remaining parmesan cheese over top.
    10. 10
      Cover and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until shells are tender.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 07, 2012


      This is a very good recipe, I substituted ground turkey for the beef because that's a personal preference. Otherwise, I bumped up the seasonings and added about 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes to give it a little zip. This makes a large casserole so I'll probably freeze some for a later dinner. Thanks for posting.

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    • on October 25, 2012


      Very good but the time stated is off by about 1 hour. I used low fat cottage cheese which worked out fine. i didn't have as much spinach or mushrooms as stated but it was still great for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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    • on April 22, 2012

      I cooked this for a group of dinner guests and they loved it. This was the most easy recipe to make and the flavor is wonderful.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Best Italian Manicotti

    Serving Size: 1 (359 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 342.8
    Calories from Fat 139
    Total Fat 15.5 g
    Saturated Fat 6.6 g
    Cholesterol 72.9 mg
    Sodium 602.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
    Sugars 8.6 g
    Protein 35.0 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    italian seasoning

    seasoning salt


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