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Beef Stuffed Manicotti with Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe

Beef Stuffed Manicotti with Basil Tomato Sauce Recipe

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. YIELD: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, beaten
  • 8 large manicotti shells, cooked and drained


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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 813 calories, 43g fat (25g saturated fat), 274mg cholesterol, 2075mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 5g fiber), 66g protein.

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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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