This recipe is so easy, it almost isn’t a recipe. I think this is a Taste of Home recipe I got from their magazine many years ago. When you’re just not in the mood to cook, it’s a very easy dinner to get into the oven. My family loves this! Heck, who doesn’t love loads of hot, melty cheese? I haven’t made this in forever, but I wanted something Italian and something that would get me out of the kitchen in a hurry. This one did it. Add a green salad and garlic bread and you’ve got a meal. It makes a large 9 X 13 inch pan, and leftovers re-heat well in the microwave.
Easy to Stuff Manicotti
1 package Manicotti shells (14 count)
1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (26 oz) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (You certainly may use homemade here)
14 pieces string cheese, unwrapped
1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 X 13 inch baking pan with non-stick spray. Cook the manicotti shells according to the package directions, but reduce the cooking time by 1 minute. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onion and drain fat. Add the jar of spaghetti sauce to the meat and onion mixture and cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add half of the sauce mixture to the bottom of your prepared baking dish and spread to cover evenly. When the manicotti shells are done, remove them from the pot with tongs and drain on foil. Allow to cool enough to be handled and then stuff each manicotti shell with a piece of string cheese and arrange in the baking pan. Cover the manicotti shells with the remaining sauce mixture, covering them as evenly as possible. Bake covered for 25-30 minutes and them remove from oven and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Put back in the oven uncovered for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Serve with Garlic Bread and a Salad for a complete meal.
Recipe Source: Taste of Home