Beef Stuffed Manicotti with Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe
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Beef Stuffed Manicotti with Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe

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I got this recipe many years ago when living in San Francisco. It's so good I made sure to bring it with me when we moved to the Midwest. The sweet basil s sauce pairs well with the rich cheese filling.—Melba Perlenfein, Barstow, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 8 large manicotti shells, cooked and drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 813 calories, 43 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 274 mg cholesterol, 2075 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 66 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste, onion, 2 tablespoons parsley, basil, garlic, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup Romano cheese, eggs and remaining parsley, salt and pepper. Stuff into manicotti shells.
  3. Pour half of the meat sauce into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Arrange shells over sauce. Top with sauce; sprinkle with remaining Romano cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Stuffed Manicotti in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p253

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jun. 10, 2010

"I wouldn't make this again because it's easier to make lasagna. It was good though."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"This dish is absolutely AMAZING! It has become a monthly staple in our menu. It is so easy and DELICIOUS!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"This tasted very wonderful. I also added a little mozzarella cheese to the top."

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