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Manicotti In A Minute


1 package, 8 oz, manicotti shells (I’m using Kroger’s private selection)

1 pound lean ground beef, turkey or soy “meat” (optional)

1 small chopped onion

1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 jar, 26 to 30 oz, favorite pasta sauce

12-14 pieces of string cheese, room temperature

Dried Italian Seasoning

2-3 cups mozzarella, shredded

Sprinkling of Parmesan


Good add ins: Fresh spinach, chopped


Cook manicotti almost according to package directions, slightly undercooking them.  Remove from water and lay on tray a couple inches apart so they don’t stick together.


 Meanwhile, sauté beef, onion and garlic until meat is cooked.  Drain and stir in pasta sauce.  Now if you’re making this without meat, just stir in 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic into the sauce. 


Spray a 9x13 pan.  Spread some of the meat sauce on the bottom. 

Sprinkle each piece of string cheese with a shake of Italian seasoning. 

Stuff a piece of string cheese into each shell.  Place over sauce.  Pour rest of sauce over shells.


Cover and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. This allows the string cheese to melt. This is important so don’t underbake.   Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.  If you are adding spinach, make a layer on top of the sauce before you sprinkle on this cheese.  Bake, uncovered, about 10 more minutes or until cheese melts.


Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan.  Serves 6-8.

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