Easy Cheesy Baked Manicotti


14 manicotti pasta shells, one 8 Oz. package

3 cups spaghetti - marinara sauce

2 tbsp butter, cut into small chunks

For the Filling

4 tsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground pork

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

15 oz whole milk, ricotta cheese

3 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

In a fry pan on medium heat, add 2 teaspoons olive oil, onion, garlic, ground beef and pork.

Season with salt and pepper, then brown the meat for 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool to for mixing with cheese filling.

Cook manicotti in a pot of salted boiling water for 6 minutes.

Drain then toss with a little olive oil to keep from sticking and allow to cool.

For the Filling

Combine ricotta cheese, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan, parsley and nutmeg.

Mix well and stir in cooled meat into the cheese mixture, then set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350, drizzle 2 teaspoons of oil in a 13" x 9" baking dish to coat.

Spoon 1 1/2 cups of sauce over the bottom of the dish.

Either place all of the meat/cheese mixture in a Ziploc bag and cut off one corner to squeeze filling into shells
Or carefully spoon filling in each manicotti by hand.

Arrange manicotti in a layer on the dish and spoon the remaining sauce over.

Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the pasta.

Divide the butter pieces evenly over top.

Bake the manicotti, uncovered, for about 30 to 35 minutes.

Let the manicotti stand 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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