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Stuffed Manicotti recipe

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Recipe: Stuffed Manicotti

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups (8 ounces) Italian style shredded cheese
8 manicotti shells, cooked

  • Cook first 3 ingredients in a large nonstickskillet over medium heat, stirring until beef crumbles and isno longer pink; drain. Return mixture to skillet. Stir in spaghettisauce, crushed red pepper, and salt; simmer, stirring occasionally,5 to 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  • Stir together ricotta cheese, next 3 ingredients,and half of shredded cheese.
  • Pour one-fourth of sauce into a 13 x 9x 2-inch baking dish.
  • Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture,and arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
  • Bake, covered, at 350°F (175°C)for 45 minutes; uncover. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 5 minutes.

    Makes 4 servings.

    Tip: Spoon ricotta mixture into a largeheavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; snip off a corner of bag, andsqueeze filling into manicotti shells.

    Cooking with Lia – Stuffed Manicotti!

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