Hearty Stuffed Manicotti with Meat Sauce is stuffed with ricotta, herbs, and Parmesan cheese and topped with delicious homemade marinara. This dinner recipe is perfect for any night of the week! To make a complete meal, serve with a salad and garlic bread.
I have a serious obsession with Italian Food. It satisfies my soul. Manicotti is almost like lasagna, just with manicotti pasta instead. The manicotti is stuffed with a ricotta cheese mixture that includes Parmesan cheese, chopped spinach, fresh herbs, and a couple of eggs. The manicotti is then topped with a thick, hearty meat sauce and baked in a baking dish. Perfection!
Ingredients in this Stuffed Manicotti Dish
The ingredients included in this recipe are basic and simple to obtain at most grocery stores. Here are the ingredients I included in this recipe:
Ricotta Cheese: You can use full-fat ricotta cheese or low-fat ricotta cheese to make this recipe healthier.
Manicotti Shells: The Manicotti Shells are long and cylinder, sort of the same shape as cannolis.
Chopped Spinach: Use chopped spinach found in the frozen section. Be sure to squeeze the excess water from the spinach and add it to the ricotta cheese mixture.
Ground Beef: I used ground beef only for this recipe. I used Laura’s Ground Beef. However, you can use half ground beef and half Italian Sausage for added flavor.
Marinara Sauce: Once I cooked the ground beef, I added Marinara Sauce to the meat, making it the meat sauce I used to cover the manicotti as it cooked in the oven. I prefer to use Rao’s Homemade Marinara.
There are additional ingredients that are used in this manicotti recipe.
Commonly Asked Questions
Yes. You will want to cook the manicotti shells in a pot of salted water until they are al dente. Meaning they aren’t cooked through completely. The manicotti will cook completely while baking in the oven.
You will place the ricotta cheese mixture in a piping bag or a freezer bag. You will cut the tip of the bag large enough to pipe the cheese mixture inside the manicotti shell.
Once you drain the manicotti, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water and return to the pot with the manicotti and about a tablespoon of olive oil, this should help prevent sticking.
If you like pasta recipes like the Italian Stuffed Manicotti, you will enjoy the recipes below:
- Stuffed Pasta Shells
- Skinny Lasagna Rolls
- Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
- Easy Spaghetti Bolognese
- Creamy Pappardelle with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Bacon