Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Easy Beef and Cheese Manicotti


Easy Beef and Cheese Manicotti
adapted from Food Network
1 pound hamburger
14 (8 oz. package) manicotti
2 cups cottage cheese (or ricotta)
1 egg
1 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar spaghetti sauce.
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook the manicotti in boiling water until slightly softened but still firm. (about 6 minutes ) drain and set aside.
Brown hamburger in a large saucepan. Drain and season with salt and pepper.  Combine the cottage cheese, egg, 2 cups mozzarella, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese., garlic in a large bowl.  Mix in the cooked hamburger: salt and pepper to taste.
Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture. Pour a small amount of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 dish. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the dish. 
Pour the remaining sauce over the pasta.  Sprinkle with the remaining cup of mozzarella cheese, then the remaning 1/2 cup of Parmesan. 
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. 
Uncover and bake for 5-10  more minutes until all the cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and let stand for five minutes and serve.

5 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm...I'm gonna have to try this one!

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  2. I was thinking of making a cheesy manicotti or lasagne tonight. I could just not add the meat and follow yours. I have to see if hubby wants vegetables in it or what. Yum, it is making me hungry.

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  3. This sounds sooo good! Quick question, which will make you laugh, I'm sure. I'm sure you can freeze this - my question is WHEN? Before it's baked, or after? This looks like a great recipe to double and I'm trying to start freezer meals. Thanks for your help.

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  4. Chocolate and Italian... my down falls.

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  5. Delish I'm always looking for really good recipes with hamburger :) It's one of the staples in our life ... :)

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