s MANICOTTI *** s   

A traditional & hearty dish from Italy. This was my favorite recipe as a kid. All the ingredients I've listed are kid friendly, but you could add spinach or other "adult-only" foods if you like.
Serve with a nice green salad and warm bread.
Yields: 6 Servings    posted as 206613


1 package manicotti
15 ounce canned tomato sauce
15 ounce canned tomatoes with juice
15 ounce water
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 package Lawry spaghetti sauce mix
1 pound ground beef
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon parsley

2-27-2012 joellyn cooked this up....good...could have used some more non kid stuff like onions
In medium saucepan heat tomato sauce, tomatoes (with juice& chopped), water, olive oil, and sauce mix.
Simmer 25 minutes.
Brown ground beef and mix with a beaten egg, bread, cheese, milk, salt, pepper, and parsley.
Put a little sauce in the bottom of pan.
Stuff uncooked manicotti shells with meat filling.
Place as a single layer in pan.
Put sauce over the shells.
Pour 1 cup of water around the edges of the pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes covered with foil.
Remove foil and bake uncovered an additional 10 minutes.

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Cuisine :   Italian    

Main Ingredient :   Ground Beef

Possible variations/substitutions: Use diced tomatoes with garlic and onion; McCormick brand spaghetti sauce mix (1 envelope with mushroom and 1 envelope zesty). For the cheese, use a shredded blend of 6 Italian cheeses and also top off the dish in last step with extra cheese, as well as sprinkling on some Italian seasonings. Bake it for about 45 minutes with the foil on, then for about 15 minutes with the foil off.