Stuffed Manicotti – just like Mom used to make.

This stuffed manicotti is just like Mom used to make, in this case, this is how my Mom made stuffed manicotti.  Meat and cheese stuffed manicotti makes for a hearty meal. 
Stuffed Manicotti is made with cheese, and served with a meat sauce.

This Stuffed Manicotti is a fantastic dish to make and reheat during the week or even to take for lunch.  Mozzarella, Romano cheese, and beef are stuffed into pasta shells with a tomato sauce over the top are baked in the oven.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

This cheese stuffed manicotti is oh so savory, and everyone loves cheese. The filling of this stuffed manicotti is a mixture of mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and eggs are stuffed into manicotti shells. This Italian blend of cheese is the perfect cheese combination.

Cheese stuffed manicotti is the perfect comfort food.

The perfect dish to reheat

Do you ever like to have a casserole or a dish tucked away in the freezer just in case you have company over? Simply prepare this and wrap well with plastic wrap and foil. When you are ready to serve, remove foil and plastic wrap, and heat in a 350-degree oven for about 1 hour.

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Stuffed Manicotti is made with cheese, and served with a meat sauce.

Stuffed Manicotti

You can make delicious ground beef stuffed manicotti for dinner with this easy recipe.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Stuffed Manicotti
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 962kcal


  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef gravy
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 15 ounces manicotti pasta shells (16 shells)
  • 16 ounces grated Romano cheese


  • Combine tomato sauce, beef gravy, garlic, sugar, basil, and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to low and simmer until thick. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside.
  • Brown the ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir to break up the beef while it is browning.
  • Add salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, and mozzarella cheese. Stir over until cheese has melted. Remove the beef mixture from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook the manicotti according to the package instructions.
  • Fill each manicotti with the meat mixture and place the stuffed pasta in a single layer in a baking dish.
  • Pour enough sauce over the pasta to completely cover it.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Sprinkle grated Romano cheese on top.
  • Serve with the remaining sauce.


Calories: 962kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 1670mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 955mg | Iron: 4.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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