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Stuffed Manicotti

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 25 min.

Makes

7 servings

This recipe is so special I serve it to company. It is so easy to make too.—Cookie Curci-Wright, San Jose, California

Ingredients

  • SPAGHETTI SAUCE:
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • MANICOTTI:
  • 1-1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti, cooked and drained
  • 3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and green pepper in olive oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in all remaining sauce ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover, simmer 10-15 minutes longer or until thickened.
  2. Meanwhile, for manicotti, cook beef and onion in a skillet until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain; cool slightly.
  3. Squeeze spinach thoroughly to remove excess water; add to the skillet with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs, oregano, salt and pepper. Mix well. Refrigerate 1-1/2 cups of the sauce (makes 4 cups)
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  5. Pour 1 cup of the remaining sauce into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Stuff manicotti with the meat mixture; arrange over the sauce. Pour another 1-1/2 cups of sauce on top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 505 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 172mg cholesterol, 976mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 35g protein.

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