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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

  Beef and Cheese Manicotti

A couple of years ago, I helped a friend with her son's rehearsal dinner.  He wanted all Italian dishes for the rehearsal dinner and this is one of the dishes that his Mom made.  I had never had Manicotti.  It's put together with a different pasta than Lasagna but the end result is a dish that tastes very much like Lasagna.  It was fun for me to make a new recipe.  I hope it will be fun for you, too.

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

1 1lb. ground chuck
1 medium onion, chopped
1 - 8 oz. pkg. manicotti
1 - 15 oz. container whole-milk ricotta
3 cups mozzarella, shredded
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
3 cups marinara sauce
2 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
salt and pepper, to taste

Brown ground chuck with onion.  Drain and cool.  Cook manicotti in boiling salted water about 6 min., until slightly softened, but still firm.  Spray a large baking sheet with Pam Spray.  Transfer manicotti from pot to colander to baking sheet and cool.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the ricotta, 2 cups mozzarella, and 1/2 cup parmesan.  Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.  Stir cooled meat mixture into cheese mixture.  Spray a 13 X 9 baking dish with Pam Spray.  Spoon 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce over bottom of dish.  Fill manicotti with meat and cheese mixture.  Arrange in single layer and spoon remaining sauce over filled manicotti.  Sprinkle with remaining mozarella and parmesan cheese.  Dot with butter pieces.  Bake uncovered 30 min.

*My next blog will be on Friday.*

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