Time to eat

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

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This week has been a rough one for the Lawson household. Both boys have been sick and my husband and I ended up getting sick as well. As much as I love to blog, I have had to put it on the back burner for a little bit and take care of the boys.

Somehow in the midst of being sick, taking care of sick boys, and cleaning and disinfecting the house 24/7- I managed to cook two dinners and capture it on camera. The first one, Beef and Cheese Manicotti was very delicious and a great comfort food of us. I was looking for something to make that would be different than our usual meals and spotted these manicotti noodles in the pantry. Luckily, I had everything I needed for the meal and ended up making my own sauce that was super simple and I actually liked the simple flavor of it with the stuffed noodles. I needed up having a lot of the beef and cheese stuffing leftover so I ended up using it to make a small lasagna to store as a back up dinner in the future. If you love a good cheesy meal with noodles and red sauce this is a must try recipe for you! It was even as good warmed up the next few days after as well! This would be a great dish to give someone if you need to provide a family with a meal. The prep for this meal is pretty simple and the cooking time is only 35 minutes! You can serve it with garlic bread or a salad if you like!

Beef and Cheese Manicotti Ingredients:

4 teaspoons olive oil

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

1 pound ground beef  *for more flavor go 50/50 with beef and sausage

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

14 (8-ounce package) manicotti

1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta
3 cups shredded mozzarella

1 cup grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves * I did not have any so this was left out of mine

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups marinara sauce- *I made my own 1 can of tomato sauce (29 ounces) and 1 small can of tomato paste with Basil, Garlic and Oregano. Add basil if prefered.

2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

First drizzle olive oil 2 teaspoons into pan and cook meat along with onion.

Drain meat once done.

Cook noodles. Only cook them around 6 minutes so that they still have structure in order to make the stuffing easier to do. Place noodles onto a plate with oil to prevent sticking. I used the pan I was going to bake them in to reduce my plates to wash… allow them to cool.

Combine, ricotta, 1 1/2 to 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste, and mix. Stir the cooled meat mixture into the cheese mixture.

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Start stuffing. This requires patience and do it slow! If you try and go to fast you may bust a noodle 😂. Maybe a dance move but never a noodle !

Make sauce. 1 can of tomato sauce and 1 can of tomato paste. Put 1 1/2 cups of sauce in the dish.

Add noodles to pan.

Pour the rest of the sauce over noodles.

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Top with 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and then the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan.

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Add butter top top. I break it up into pieces using hands as I distribute.

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Cook for 35 minutes and allow it to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

ENJOY!

 

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