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Manicotti with Meat Sauce

Manicotti with Meat Sauce is manicotti stuffed with three cheeses, smothered in a homemade meat sauce and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese. A comforting and satisfying meal that is made simpler with my no boil pasta trick! 
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Manicotti with meat sauce
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Author: Heather


  • 8 oz manicotti, 12 tubes
  • water for soaking
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes, canned
  • ¼ cup water, to rinse can
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes


  • 30 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • Add pasta tubes to large deep sided dish. Pour hot water from tap or tea kettle over pasta to cover at least half way up pasta.
  • Let pasta soak for 20 minutes, flipping over half way through.
  • Remove pasta or drain water after 20 minutes.


  • Brown beef and onion together until beef is no longer pink and onions are translucent. Drain any grease.
  • Add olive oil and garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in crushed tomatoes, water, Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Let sauce simmer on low for at least 15 minutes or until ready to assemble.


  • Combine ricotta cheese, eggs, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Add filling to piping bag or zip top bag. Snip corner.
  • Pipe filling into pasta until the tubes are plump and the filling is at the ends.

Assemble and Bake

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Place half of the meat sauce in a deep sided 9x13 casserole dish.
  • Lay stuffed manicottis on top of sauce.
  • Pour remaining meat sauce over pasta.
  • Top sauce with 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1 cup grated parmesan.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes until bubbly and the cheese is melted and browning.
  • Let rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.


Serving: 6g | Calories: 1052kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 65g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Cholesterol: 276mg | Sodium: 1931mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1810IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 1142mg | Iron: 6mg
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