Italian Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Recipe by Susie R.
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READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Heat a medium-size, heavy skillet over a medium flame. Add the ground beef and onion and sauté until the meat brown and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and let cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir in the meat mixture and set aside.
  • Brush 1 teaspoon of the olive oil over a large baking sheet. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Working in batches, add the manicotti and cook until softened but still firm to the bite, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the manicotti from the pot to the prepared baking sheet and let cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Brush the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
  • Spoon ½ cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture, and arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared dish. Spoon the remaining cup of sauce over the manicotti. Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Parmesan cheese over the manicotti. Dot the top with the butter pieces. (The manicotti can be prepared up to this point 8 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
  • Bake the manicotti uncovered until it is heated through and the sauce bubbles on the bottom of the dish, about 35 minutes. Let the manicotti stand for 5 minutes and serve.
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