- This Manicotti is filled with meat, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and then topped with a simple jar of spaghetti sauce. It’s one our all time favorite meals in the history of ever.
Let me introduce you to one of our all-time favorite meals . . .manicotti. Simple, delicious and even better the second day.
I had never even had manicotti until I started dating my husband. My Mom is a great cook, but that was one thing she just never made. After finally tasting it, I was feeling like maybe I had a deprived childhood (I still love ya Mom).
This manicotti is one of my favorite recipes my mother-in-law has given me. I’ve taken it to friends when they had babies and I was always asked for the recipe. My boys beg me to make it and then they put “dibs” on the leftovers. I just have to tell you that the pictures don’t really do it justice. I think that’s why I’ve never posted this recipe before because it’s so hard (at least for me) to get decent pictures of it.
Years ago, I think even before we had kids, my husband decided to surprise me and made this manicotti for dinner one night. He was so pretty dang proud of himself and then we took a bite . . . .yikes it was salty, and I mean really salty. Apparently he should have taken a foods class in high school because instead of a teaspoon of salt he put a tablespoon . . . big oops! We choked it down and I don’t think he’s ever made it since. He just sticks with scrambled eggs and peanut butter toast, which he is totally pro at Ü!
- 1/2 lb. Ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Garlic salt to taste (I use about 1/2 tsp)
- 7 manicotti shells
- 1 jar jar spaghetti sauce (I use Prego- the flavored with meat one)
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Garlic salt, just a few shakes
Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 1/3 cup of the spaghetti sauce over the bottom. Set aside.
Cook manicotti noodles according to package directions, making sure you cook them al dente (I usually boil them for 7 minutes).
In a large skillet cook ground beef and salt. Drain off grease and set aside.
In a large bowl combine cottage cheese, mayonnaise, mozzarella, garlic salt. Mix well and then stir in cooked ground beef. (*At this point I taste it to see if it needs more garlic salt)
Fill the manicotti shells with meat and cheese mixture. Place in prepared baking dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top. Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake 10 more minutes.
I ALWAYS double this recipe and bake it in a 9x13 pan. However, I DON'T double the spaghetti sauce because I feel like 1 jar is plenty to cover 14 shells. If you want your manicotti to be really saucy, then use two jars of spaghetti sauce.