Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pilar in the Pantry: Stuffed Manicotti with Meat Sauce Recipe

Hello Everyone!


Welcome to my Pilar in the Pantry post! I did one of these ages ago, but as promised in my post last week I wanted to include more of my recipes. Today I have a pasta recipe that I wanted to share. One of my favorite dishes to make is Stuffed Manicotti with Meat Sauce. I always make two of these dishes because this is one of those type meals that when I make it, it goes pretty quickly and people always want seconds. This is also the type of meal that is great to take to a pot luck or for any pasta lover. I made this meal for Memorial Day.


(This recipe is for 2 casserole dishes of Manicotti. If you don't want to make this much, cut the ingredients in half)


For Meat Sauce:

· 2 lb ground beef

· 1 (67 ounce) jar of Prego Traditional Spaghetti Sauce 

* seasonings of your choice add to the ground beef

For Cheese Filling:

· 2 (15 ounce) containers of Ricotta cheese

· 1 block of cream cheese

· 2  1/2  tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

· 4 eggs

· Pepper (used lightly)

· 1 (16 ounce) package (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese

· 2 (8 ounce) packages of manicotti noodles

· Ziploc Bag (to stuff manicotti shells)

Other Things You'll need:

· Frying pan or large pot
· Mixing bowl

· Large spoon

· Measuring Cups

· Ziploc Bag (to easier stuff manicotti shells)

· Glass baking dish or pan

· Pam Non Stick Original Cooking Spray

· Aluminum Foil

Preparation and Cooking Directions:

· Side Note:  No need to cook manicotti shells first, you can stuff them uncooked for easy handling.

· Side Note: Take cream cheese out of the refrigerator at least 1 hour before you make the cheese filling. This will make stirring the mixture easier when the cream cheese is softer. 

1. About 1 hour before serving: brown ground beef in a frying pan or large pot, season meat with the seasonings of your choice. Cook on medium high minutes until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Cover with lid, let simmer, and remove from heat

2. In a medium bowl, combine Ricotta cheese , Parmesan cheese, eggs, cream cheese, pepper, and 2 cups mozzarella cheese until creamy.  Add mixture to a zip lock bag and cut a small hole in the corner of the bag to stuff manicotti with cheese filling.


3. Preheat oven to 350°F

4. In a glass baking dish or a pan, spray lightly with Pam Non Stick Original Cooking Spray. Add a small layer of meat sauce in the bottom of the dish. Arrange manicotti in a single layer. Add meat sauce to completely cover (DON'T add meat sauce to the top, leave room because if you don't you will have spillage)

5. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover dish with aluminum foil. 


6. Cook for 1 hour or 1 hour and 15 minutes. Check your Manicotti about 40 minutes after you place it in the oven (the manicotti noodles should be tender) If you use a glass baking dish, make sure you place the hot casserole dish on a dish cloth or cloth. Let cool and serve.


7. Last but not least, don't forget the garlic bread (optional) and  Enjoy!


Here are a few other pics from Memorial Day Weekend/ Memorial Day

A slice of my Mama's Homemade Lemon Pound Cake. It was so good!


My best friend and I spending time together on Memorial Day :) I love this guy so much!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!


Jackie Harrison said...

This looks very delicious hope your Memorial was great.

Unknown said...

This looks and sounds so delicious Pilar!!! I love it when pasta dishes include cream cheese in them, it's like the best ingredient! And that's such a good idea to use the ziplock bag to stuff the shells! I never thought of doing something like that!! And I also didn't know the shells didn't have to be pre cooked for dishes like this!
I hope you had a great Memorial Day!

willsingformakeup said...

This looks so good! I hope you had a great Memorial Day!

Marie said...

This meal looks delicious! I'm going to have to try this recipe! Love the last picture! It looks like you had a nice Memorial Day!

A Very Sweet Blog said...

That dish looks so delicious Pilar! And it looks easy to make! Thanks for the step by step because I need it. LOL I LOVE lemon pound cake. It looks so goood! Awww, you guys! So glad you spent time together. Very nice.

Pilar said...

Thanks Jackie! I hope you had a great Memorial Day as well!

Kristen Alpert said...

Omg, that looks delicious. I will totally have to make that. Can't wait to see your next recipe post.

Pilar said...

Thanks Ashley! I like pasta dishes that include cream cheese too! You can always use a frosting bag, but I use a Ziplock Bag. That's the great thing about recipes like this one, the shells don't have to be pre cooked and it makes stuffing the shells so much easier. I did have a great Memorial Day! I hope you had a great holiday too!

Pilar said...

Thanks Lauren! I hope you great Memorial Day as well!

Pilar said...

Thanks Marie! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day too!

Pilar said...

Thanks Kim! I wanted to include step by step instructions to make it easier for anyone who wanted to try this recipe! My mom"s pound cake was amazing! It's always awesome to spend time with my best friend! We had a nice time :)

Pilar said...

Thanks Kristen! I hope you enjoy this recipe if you make it!

Shireen L. Platt said...

OMG, that looks soooo good, Pilar and it looks like a very time consuming dish but it's actually not. I can't wait to give this a go!

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

Pilar said...

Thanks Shireen! This meal doesn't take too long to make. That's why I mentioned sitting the cream cheese out at least an hour so it will become softer. By doing that, cheese filling will be easier to mix and stuff in the shells. I hope you enjoy this dish if you make it!

Margo @ PrettyPanda said...

Looks so yummy! I will definitely be trying this recipe! I am so glad you got to spend time with your best friend this weekend!

Pilar said...

Thanks Margo! I hope you enjoy this recipe when you make it! I was glad to spend time with him! I hope you had a nice Memorial Day!

Beth said...

This looks good! I love making pasta dishes! I want to try making this!

Pilar said...

Thanks Beth! It's a good dish to make!

Elle Sees said...

i just had this the other night--tues--so good!

Pilar said...

Manicotti is a delicious meal!

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