Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

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Homemade meat sauce served over manicotti stuffed with three cheeses. This is the best manicotti I have ever had. I always get requests for the recipe.

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 teaspoon roasted garlic

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion

  • 1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) package manicotti shells

  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 30 ounces cottage cheese

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, and roasted garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Continue to simmer until pan juices evaporate, about 10 minutes more. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and garlic salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors blend, about 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook manicotti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

  4. Mix mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Spoon a generous amount of the cheese mixture into each manicotti shell.

  5. Pour enough tomato-beef sauce to cover the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti over sauce; pour remaining sauce over pasta. Cover with aluminum foil.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over manicotti and return to the oven. Bake until cheese filling is melted, 10 to 15 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

654 Calories
26g Fat
55g Carbs
53g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 654
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 2894mg 126%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 53g
Vitamin C 23mg 115%
Calcium 519mg 40%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 987mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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