Baked Manicotti

Manicotti|MyKitchenAddictionsManicotti is one of my husband’s favorite dishes!  I don’t make it as often as I should.  Maybe because it’s not the easiest dish to prepare.  I don’t consider it super difficult to make, but it’s just a little time-consuming getting those pasta shells filled.  I was thinking when I made this dish that I should look for one of those pasta shell filler tools.  My husband was pleasantly surprised and delighted when he came home the other night to find this Baked Manicotti in the oven.  When he walked in the door, he said, “Something smells really good!” When I asked him if he knew what I was making he said,”No.” So I asked him, “What is your favorite dish?”  He stated exactly what I was making.  Hope you enjoy this dish as much as he does…and me!

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Cook pasta according to package directions.

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Lay pasta shells flat on waxed paper to cool.

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Brown ground chuck, drain and layer half of it into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.

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Shred mozzarella cheese.  Reserve a little cheese for top of casserole.

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In a large bowl, stir together cheeses…

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including ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

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Add chopped fresh parsley (save a little), kosher salt and …

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freshly ground black pepper.  Stir to mix and set aside.

Manicotti|MyKitchenAddictionsPour half a jar of pasta sauce over layer of beef in casserole dish. Save remaining sauce for later.

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I have used several different brands of pasta sauce in the past…

but Trader Joe’s Pomodoro Pasta Sauce is voted as the best for this recipe in my opinion!

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Fill pasta shells and arrange in single layer over sauce.

Manicotti|MyKitchenAddictionsSprinkle remaining cooked beef on top of pasta shells.

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Pour remaining pasta sauce over top of beef and shells.

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Sprinkle remaining cheese and a little of the chopped parsley on top.

Manicotti|MyKitchenAddictionsCover with foil and bake 40 minutes at 350ºF.  Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer.

Baked Manicotti
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 oz.) Manicotti, uncooked pasta
  • 1 pound ground chuck beef
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 - 15 ounce container ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1 24-28 oz jar pasta sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Lay pasta shells flat on waxed paper to cool.
  3. Brown ground chuck, drain and layer half of it into a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
  4. Shred mozzarella cheese. Reserve a little cheese for top of casserole.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together cheeses...including mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses.
  6. Add chopped fresh parsley (save a little), kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir to mix and set aside.
  7. Pour half a jar of pasta sauce over layer of beef in casserole dish. Save remaining sauce for later.
  8. Fill pasta shells and arrange in single layer over sauce.
  9. Sprinkle remaining cooked beef on top of pasta shells.
  10. Pour remaining pasta sauce over top of beef and shells.
  11. Sprinkle remaining cheese and a little of the chopped parsley on top.
  12. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes at 350ºF.
  13. Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer.

Comments

  1. That looks very yummy. I made manicotti once and it was great, I do agree it can be time consuming, but you’ve inspired me to make it again.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I’m so glad you are going to make it again…make sure you share your results! Thanks for your post!

  2. This MANICOTTI is just BEAUTIFUL and we are very anxious to try your recipe!
    And your pictures are gorgeous too!

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      Thank you Lorie! Let me know how you like it!

      • I absolutely will! I am going to make it next weekend and will let you know although I am sure it won’t be as great as yours…Have a happy Sunday:)

        • Missouri Farm Chick says:

          Just hoped over to your site…I’ll be hanging out there some, for sure!

  3. Oh my goodness, that looks delicious!

  4. That looks delicious…and easy to make! Can’t wait to try it…just pinned it so I won’t forget!

  5. ohhhh im so hungry 🙁 can’t wait to make this for dinner this week !

  6. Laura C says:

    When I make manicotti, I split the shells open and lay them flat. Then I fill them and when you put them in the pan, put the side you cut down and no one ever knows you did that. Much easier to fill that way.