I have a fun recipe for you today that will help you make manicotti in a snap. Manicotti is one of my favorite Italian meals. The main thing that makes this version so easy to make is string cheese. It’s string cheese manicotti.
Usually you stuff those pasta shells with a ricotta cheese mixture. This can be messy and time consuming to do. Now enter the string cheese! It makes easy to stuff manicotti.
Instead of using that messy ricotta mixture, you just slide a piece of string cheese into each manicotti shell. Pretty genius, huh? No more mess. As a result, it only takes about 1 second to fill each pasta shell the string cheese. It’s manicotti made easy!
This is topped with a beefy tomato pasta sauce. However, you could simplify things and skip the beef if you want. It’s all up to you. For my family, the beef makes this meal more substantial. Personally, I could go either way. I hope you love this new approach to manicotti.
- MANICOTTI SHELLS
- GROUND BEEF
- MINCED GARLIC
- SPAGHETTI SAUCE
- STRING CHEESE
- MOZZARELLA CHEESE
String Cheese Manicotti
Real Mom Kitchen
- 1 8 oz pkg manicotti shells
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ onion diced
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
- 14 pieces string cheese
- 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Prepare manicotti shells according to package directions.
- While the shells cook, brown beef along onion in a skillet until meat is fully cooked; drain. Add in the garlic and spaghetti sauce.
- Spread 1/2 of the sauce mixture into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
- Drain manicotti and stuff each shell with a piece of string cheese and place in the baking dish.
- Top with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
- Top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serves 6-8.
This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.