Unless you have a century old cookbook that your Italian grandmother wrote, you’ve probably realized just how versatile pasta recipes can be. For every college student, pasta is a staple food: simple, filling, and it’s always a comfort food. So when you’ve eaten spaghetti or rigatoni four times each in one month, manicotti is the next best thing.
This recipe is so simple and so versatile that you can make it specific to fit your own craving. You can even make this recipe to be vegetarian if you’re not down with the consumption of meat. However, if somehow you’re not sold, this recipe can be done in an hour, so you can get started and it’ll be out of the oven before Real Housewives of New Jersey starts.
Fool Proof Manicotti
- Prep Time:30 minutes
- Cook Time:30 minutes
- Total Time:1 hour
- 4 oz al dente Manicotti
- 16 oz cooked ground beef or veggie beef
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozarella
- Spinach leaves
- Bacon (optional)
Brown and season the ground beef to your liking.
Replace ground beef with veggie beef and spinach if you want a vegetarian-friendly dish.
Mix (veggie) beef with mozzarella and wilted spinach leaves.
Stuff the manicotti with whichever filling you like.
Wrap the manicotti with turkey bacon for a little extra flare.
Distribute tomato sauce about a baking dish and place the manicotti on top.
Bake the manicotti in a 350°F oven or broil three minutes for a nice toast.
Serve atop a bed of fresh spinach leaves.