Easiest Beef and Cheese Manicotti

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SERVES 7 - START TO FINISH: 15 minutes prep, 1 hour bake
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Easiest Beef and Cheese Manicotti

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound extra lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
salt and black pepper to taste
14 (8-ounce package) manicotti
1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
1 cup shredded Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar (32 ounces) marinara sauce of choice

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Heat a heavy medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the meat browns and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat to cool slightly.
3. Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, 1-cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, and parsley. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste and mix. Stir the cooled meat mixture into the cheese mixture.
4. Spoon 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the oblong baking dish. Fill completely the un-cooked manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture, using a narrow spoon or your fingers. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared dish and spoon the remaining sauce over.
5. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese, then the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the stuffed pasta. Cover tightly with foil and bake the manicotti for 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover and finish cooking for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is golden brown and sauce bubbles along the edge. Let the manicotti stand 5 minutes and then serve.

Easiest Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Approximate Values Per Serving: 456 calories , 22g fat (10g saturated), 123mg cholesterol, 37g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 986mg sodium

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