Saturday, July 25, 2009

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

I used to make stuffed shells and manicotti and lasagna rolls- all kinds of stuffed pasta, but we got so tired of it!! For the first few years of our marriage, I didn't have a very big selection of recipes, and we loved Italian food so much, I made those kinds of dishes alot. But, we haven't had it in years- seriously!!
I saw a great recipe for easy manicotti stuffed with string cheese at Heidi's blog, and I thought that it would something fun for the kids to help me with, and it would be yummy!! I made a batch (12 manicotti) and split it into 2 dishes. I froze one for later, and served the other.

Easy Cheesy Manicotti
1 package manicotti shells
1 package string cheese
1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
simple tomato sauce

First, I made the sauce and let it simmer. Then, I browned the beef. After draining the beef, I added it to the sauce. Then, I cooked the manicotti shells. After they cooled, it was assembly time. Here, my lovely assistant will show you how we stuffed and arranged the manicotti.
Top with shredded mozzarella and bake for 30 minutes at 375. YUM!!

**While we are on the subject of Heidi's blog, and ground beef recipes (I am always collecting new ground beef recipes), I made these meatballs last night and they were great!!! I highly recommend them :)


Sonya said...

What a very adorable assistant you have!! What a yummie looking recipe this is! I would make more of these dishes if I could get my husband I to like red sauce more. I've eten these before so I know how good they are and Im thinking I need to try this recipe out!

Megan said...

I think I'm now in the mood for manicotti! :)