Beef and Cheese Manicotti

July Mystery Box Madness Challenge! Make a dish containing at least 3 of the monthly mystery ingredients.  Three of this month’s ingredients jumped out at me when I read them:  mozzarella cheese, pasta and parsley.  I was in the mood for some Italian food so I suggested a few recipes to my husband and he picked Beef and Cheese Manicotti (page 96) from Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis.  

First you cook the ground beef and onion then let it cool.  Then you par-cook the pasta for 6 minutes.  Mix the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, parsley and garlic.  Add the cooked ground beef to the cheese mixture.  Fill the par cooked pasta. Place one cup of marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan, add the pasta, top  with more marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.  Bake in the oven about 35 minutes.  I have never made manicotti before but this was basically lasagna in tube pasta.  It was fun to make something different but definitely a weekend meal.  We made a full recipe to have enough for another meal.  Cook once, eat twice is always our motto.

To see what others made in the group go here.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. flour.ish.en says:

    LIke your mantra of cook once, eat twice, although I always seem to be the once eating the second round. Some food do taste better aged!


  2. This looks delicious! So cheesy and saucy! And I've never heard about the IHCC Mystery Box, but now I'm intrigued!


  3. Zosia says:

    I love a good cheesy pasta and yours looks wonderful! I like the idea of lasagne in a tube.


  4. TeaLady says:

    Love manicotti and now I am hungry for it. Also Pasta from Giada was my choice. Nice job on the Mystery Box.


  5. Looks delicious! I have never made manicotti before either! And totally agree with you , cook once, eat twice! 🙂


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