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Manicotti

No recipe image available.Manicotti pasta shells are stuffed with a mixture of cooked ground beef and mozzarella cheese and served in an Italian tomato sauce with mushrooms.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion - divided use
3 slices white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt - divided use
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) package manicotti shells (12 shells per box)
1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon minced, fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook and stir ground beef and 1/2 cup chopped onion in a large skillet until meat is brown; drain. Remove from heat and stir in bread, mozzarella cheese, egg, milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix well.
  2. Fill uncooked manicotti shells, packing the filling into both ends. Place the shells in an ungreased 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. In a skillet, heat butter and add mushrooms; sauté over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Lower heat and add tomato sauce, tomato paste, remaining 1/2 cup chopped onion, chicken broth, garlic, water, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, parsley, and Italian seasoning. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour the sauce over the filled shells; cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake until the shells are tender, 1 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove from oven, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 (2 manicotti) servings.