Ground Beef Manicotti – Hearty Italian Main Course Recipe

This ground beef Manicotti adds a nice mix to the normal manicotti recipe with just beef and  ricotta cheese.  It is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables and not complain.  The whole dish is topped with store bought Italian sauce to save on time and then sprinkled with your favorite cheese.  I used Cheddar but any cheese will work fine.

Ground Beef Manicotti

Ground Beef Manicotti – Great Italian Main Dish

For non meat eaters, be sure to have a look at the vegetarian version of this dish.  It will satisfy even meat eaters in your family and is sure to please those who don’t eat meat at all.

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Ground Beef Manicotti with Fresh Vegetables
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  • 8 ounces of uncooked manicotti shells.
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp each of fresh parsley, oregano, basil and thyme. (or 1 tsp of dried)
  • ½ cup of sweet red, yellow and orange peppers diced
  • 1 cup of diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup of small broccoli florets
  • 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  • 1 medium egg
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup of grated Parmesan reggiano cheese
  • 1 jar of store bought pasta sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  1. Cook the pasta in salted water as the box suggests. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet and cook the onion, garlic, peppers and mushrooms until just lightly cooked. Add the spices and stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Using the same pan, cook the ground beef until lightly cooked. Add to the vegetable mixture.
  4. Combine the egg with the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mix well. Add the vegetables and meat mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Put a little of the pasta sauce in the middle of a 9 x 13" pan. Fill each manicotti shell with the vegetable mixture and place on the sauce. Add more sauce to the top of the filled shells and then top with the grated cheddar cheese.
  6. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes in a preheated 400 degree oven.
  7. Serve with a pasta and warm garlic bread.

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