Thursday, July 23, 2009

Easy Cheesy Manicotti



Every year I would have my beginning cooking high school students make this recipe. It was always a delicious smash-hit. I always gave extra credit to any kitchen group that didn't break a single manicotti noodle. The trick is to add cooking spray to the water while they're boiling and remove them just before they're done. String cheese makes this recipe a snap. I make another sausage and cheese-stuffed manicotti, but this one is perfect for beginners or kids.
This cheesy goodness can easily hide vegetables, I've added minced celery, zucchini and carrots to the sauce, husband unaware. Mushrooms and green peppers are also delicous, throw them in with the onions and garlic.

Husband Rating: 5 stars (and constant requests for dinner)

6 oz. ground beef (this is the amount of 2 card decks)
6 manicotti noodles
6 Mozzarella string cheeses
3 TB onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 oz. shredded cheese
1 jar meatless spaghetti sauce (ragu works great here!)
Italian Seasonings to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Boil manicotti noodles as directed on package, being careful not to break. In a skillet cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink, drain any grease. Add onions and garlic. Add in spaghetti sauce and season with Italian spices until perfect. Pour half of the sauce mixture into bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish. Carefully stuff each manicotti noodle with a piece of string cheese. Line stuffed manicotti noodles into pan. Pour remaining sauce on top of manicotti. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted.

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5 comments:

Kristin said...

This sounds easy and delicious! I'm visiting from Tempt My Tummy Tuesday! All of your recipes look great!!!

Kathleen said...

I'm bookmarking this recipe for my son who's away at college. It will be a great recipe for him to make! Love your blog!

Kristin said...

Hi, Just wanted to let you know that this is on my menu plan for this week! My boys will love it!!! :)

BTW, I'm a new follower. hope you can come visit me too.

Kristin @ Adventures of a Betty Crocker Wanna Be

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

Wow, I'm stuffed right now but I still want to run in the kitchen right now and make that. It looks SO yummy! I'm sure the hubby will love it too, I mean look at all that cheese :) Thanks for sharing!

Jill from Women Who Do It All said...

I made this tonight and the hubby and I both decided it's a keeper. Yum!

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