Let me start out by saying that beef manicotti is one of my daughter and hubby's favorite dinners. They both request it frequently, and to be honest, I make it different every time! However, there are a few "staples" that I use each time so I thought I would share.
|I like to add a bit of cream cheese, probably 4 oz or so for making half the box.|
|Oh, here's my favorite tip with browning meat - use foil to line a small bowl and drain your grease in there! Then once it's hard (can freeze to speed that up) it's easy to ball up and throw out - plus nothing to scrub!|
|Coat the bottom of your dish with some spaghetti sauce.|
|Add mozzarella cheese - I never pay attention to how much, but I'd guess I use maybe a cup?|
|Usually I also add Parmesan cheese and a spoonful of spaghetti sauce.|
|Fill your manicotti noodles with the mixture and line 'em up in your dish.|
|Add spaghetti sauce, cheese, and some mushrooms on top! After finding out I don't have to pre-cook the noodles, I use a lot more spaghetti sauce in the pan so it's up to you what your family would prefer. Mine enjoy it either way.|
|Bake for about 45 mins to an hour or until heated through. Serve with salad and breadsticks! YUM!|
Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!