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Microwave Mexican Manicotti

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


4 servings

This recipe from Nancy Ensor of Oviedo, Florida is a time-saver because you don't need to cook the pasta shells first. "It's easy to prepare and a delightful twist to Mexican cooking," she relates.


  • 1/2 pound uncooked lean ground beef
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup taco or picante sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese


  1. In a large bowl, combine the beef, beans, oregano and cumin. Stuff into manicotti shells; place in an ungreased 11x7-in. microwave-safe dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine water and taco sauce; pour over shells. Loosely cover dish; microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. Turn shells with tongs. Microwave 3-4 minutes longer; turn shells again.
  3. Cover and cook at 50% power for 12-15 minutes or until pasta is tender and meat is no longer pink, turning dish a half turn once.
  4. Spoon sour cream lengthwise down center; sprinkle with onions, olives and cheese. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 482 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 766mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 25g protein.

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