Stuffed Manicotti Recipe

Stuffed Manicotti Recipe made easy makes a delicious, Italian dish with three cheeses, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Parmesan.

Add the right amount of Italian seasonings and tomato sauce, bake in the oven while you attend to chores or relax. How easy is that?

Make it your main dish using ground beef or another precooked meat of your choice, as per instructions below.

Manicotti Made Easy

  • 1 box (8 oz.) Manicotti pasta - 14 pieces
  • 2 pints (32 oz.) Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 pack (8 oz.) shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried
  • parsley leaves)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 2 (28 oz. each) canned tomato sauce*
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Mix together tomato sauce, Parmesan Cheese, basil leaves, oregano, garlic powder and salt in a saucepan and simmer on low heat while preparing the other ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together Ricotta Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, parsley leaves and eggs.

Take the manicotti shells right out of the box and stuff them with this cheese mixture by hand.

A good way to do this is to dip up a teaspoonful at a time and stuff each end of the shells.

Pour half of the sauce into a 12 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.

Lay the stuffed shells on top of the sauce as you stuff them.

Pour the remaining sauce over top of shells.

Cover with aluminum foil sealing around edges to keep the steam inside.

Bake in a preheated oven 350 F. for one hour or until the Manicotti is tender to your family's liking.

* Can substitute 2 (28 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes for tomato sauce.

However, I suggest you add an additional 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder.

TIP: To turn this side dish into an entree, brown 1 pound of lean ground beef in a skillet, drain off fat and add to the sauce before cooking.

For other meat dishes add your choice of precooked chopped meats such as chicken or ham.

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