The Best Italian Manicotti

READY IN: 1hr 25mins
Recipe by weekend cooker

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

Top Review by CaliforniaJan

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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