Baked Manicotti

Recipe by Chippie1
READY IN: 1hr 50mins




  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Saute onions, garlic, ground sausage, and beef until meat is well browned and crumbled.
  • Prepare Manicotti shells as per package directions except cut the cook time in HALF.
  • Drain and cover with cool water to stop the cooking process and prevent the shells from cracking.
  • To the ground pork/beef mixture add the spinach and ricotta cheese.
  • When the mixture is cool, add the beaten eggs.
  • Spread 1/4 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Gently drain the manicotti shells and carefully stuff each one with the meat and cheese mixture; place shells in prepared dish.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the white sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir in flour and chicken bouillon.
  • Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until it begins to bubble.
  • Stir in half and half and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
  • Pour or ladle the sauce evenly over the stuffed shells.
  • Stir the basil into the remaining spaghetti sauce.
  • Carefully pour or ladle spaghetti sauce over the white sauce, trying to layer the sauces without mixing.
  • Cover and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, uncover and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes more.