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Easy-to-Stuff Manicotti Recipe

Easy-to-Stuff Manicotti Recipe

Even kids can help assemble this simplified Italian entree from Suzanne Runtz of Charlestown, South Carolina. She fills each pasta shell with a piece of string cheese for a deliciously gooey center, then tops the manicotti with a beefy tomato sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 14 pieces string cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • 1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spread half of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. Drain manicotti; stuff each shell with a piece of string cheese. Place over meat sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  • 3. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 468 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 82 mg cholesterol, 999 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 32 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.