Beef Manicotti on National Drink Wine Day

First off – today is National Drink Wine Day (not to be confused with National Wine Day which is May 23)!  Thank you, Google!!!  Of course, I felt the need to participate!  :Happy: DSCN2714

I used to think that making manicotti was to difficult for me!!  I don’t know why I thought it would be hard!!!  I do have a little cheat that I discovered the very first time I tried to make it! (see below)

Manicotti is a family favorite!!  And, I’m going to go ahead and say right now, there is really nothing healthy about this particular recipe!!!  Jordan loves it and since he is the only one in the family that worked (paged for a Senator, you know!) today then I told him I would make it tonight.

Beef Manicotti

  • 1 lb ground beef (we buy a side of beef – very lean and never even has to be drained)
  • onion, to taste
  • garlic, to taste (tonight I just put in a little garlic salt instead)
  • 1 package manicotti
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded (1-2 cups)
  • cheddar (or your choice of kind – I think I used Colby Jack tonight) cheese, shredded (1-2 cups)
  • spaghetti sauce (I use the kind that comes out of a can cause I’m me – feel free to make your own sauce)

Heat oven to 350 and spray a 9 x 13 pan.

Bring large pot of water to a boil and then cook manicotti according to package directions.  (7 minutes for the brand I used.)  In a large skillet, brown the meat with onion and garlic.  DSCN2709

Add the cheese into the meat mixture and stir until the cheese melts in.  Remove from heat.DSCN2710

Drain the manicotti.  To make the job of filling it easier, I always just slit the pasta up the side and fill it like a tortilla:DSCN2711So much easier than trying to stuff the filling into the shell!!! (and no one will ever know unless you tell them!)

Cover with sauce.  Cover pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes – until hot and bubbly.DSCN2712

We like to eat this with garlic bread, corn and salad!  (see, one healthy option!!)

 

 

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