Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 14 (8-ounce package) manicotti
  • 1 (15-ounce) container whole-milk ricotta
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Heat a heavy medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, onion and ground beef. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until the meat browns and the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool.

Brush 1 teaspoon of oil over a large baking sheet. Cook the manicotti in a large pot of boiling salted water until slightly softened, but still very firm to the bite, about 4 to 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the manicotti from the pot to the oiled baking sheet and cool.

Meanwhile, combine the ricotta, 1 1/2 to 2 cups 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.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Brush the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil over a 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Spoon 1 1/2 cups of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared dish. Fill the manicotti with the cheese-meat mixture. Arrange the stuffed pasta in a single layer in the prepared dish and spoon the remaining sauce over.

Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, then the remaining 1/2 cup of Parmesan over the stuffed pasta. Dot entire dish with the butter pieces. Bake the manicotti uncovered until heated through and the sauce bubbles on the sides of the dish, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let the manicotti stand 5 minutes and serve.


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Love Giada's beef and cheese manicotti.... could someone please tell me how to go <br />from freezer to table... having company and made this earlier....Thank you<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved it. Thanks Giada!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
<div><p>I am rating this four stars because it is a good BASE RECIPE.</p><p>- I used about half a cup LESS of the recommended ricotta cheese (still very cheesy and could have even used less)</p><p>- There is absolutely NO NEED to use butter</p><p>- I used ground bison instead of ground beef and it had the same flavor just leaner</p><p>- I used the original Ragu pasta sauce but added a little extra garlic, a few shakes of red pepper (provided the perfect amount of spice), 3 sliced bell peppers, a few large slices of an onion, basil, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes cut in half --- adding all of this made the sauce delicious and gave the meal more substance.</p><p><br /></p><p>I am going to make this dish again tonight, but will be trying 2% ricotta, will update on the outcome!</p></div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe for stuffed manicotti and it turned out good. I did substitute fresh garlic sausage for the hamburger. Almost as good as mom"s  !REALLY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe. My mother passed a similar recipe on to me(from the 1940's). The only difference is I don't cook the hamburger prior to stuffing the manicotti's. I also cook it for an hour since the meat is raw. I also make my own spaghetti sauce instead of marina. item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome recipe.  used spicy italian sausage instead of plain ground beef.. A plus. highly recommend. plus stuffing mannicotti was a team effort. <br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is full of flavor and is very weekday cooking friendly. Using plenty of salt and pepper, coupled with a full medium onion and the minced garlic, is just the right mix of spices. There will be plenty of filling left over after stuffing the shells, and it can be spread over the top of the noodles before putting the cheeses on top. The extra meat mixture layer covered with melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese makes the dish a really hearty end result. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a really good recipe. I loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family LOVED it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well worth the time. Delicious. I added chopped black olives just for the color and everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very very tasty wanted more sauce on it and it made alot but it was good as leftovers also. The only thing is that it is very hard to cook if you are a beginner cook but I managed. LOL item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was very good ! I took what others said about being bland and just added more seasoning came out great ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bland. The pasta box recipie is better. Sorry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome and great flavor! I went with pork/beef blend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good, the recipe instructions would have been easier to follow if they were step by step. It was also a bit bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good. Used my mother-in-law&amp;#39;s recipe for marinara sauce and it turned out really well. Actually not as time consuming as I thought it would be. My mother-in-law&amp;#39;s sauce is really, really good, so that might be part of it, but the cheese and meat filling was awesome. Followed the directions exactly and I wouldn&amp;#39;t change a thing. It&amp;#39;s good to make for a special occasion or just to make someone&amp;#39;s day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. Added sausage (because I had them. Was requested by the family, to add to our &amp;#34;make again&amp;#34; list. I stuffed full sized manicotti (FULL and got 14 pcs. Is a great prep ahead dish,and leftovers are even better. If you don&amp;#39;t use homemade sauce, use a good flavored one, it makes a huge difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! Definitely going to be used again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very simple (yet messy to make and extremely delicious! my whole family loved it : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a new cook, trying to cook more dishes from scratch, and I wanted to try this out despite it being labeled "intermediate". I thought the directions were very easy to follow and straightforward, and the ingredients were not that foreign or hard to find! I found that the filling made some extra, more than needed to fill the manicotti, so I just put it on top and it came out great! Thanks Chef! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this dish a couple of times already and my family loves it!!! I have used both ground turkey and ground beef and my kids love it both ways so i guess its up to you...I do know that it is an amazing dish !!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make. I do however use 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound mild Italian sausage for better flavor. Additionally, as others have stated, I use 1 1/2 boxes of Manicotti Shells as the mixture makes enough to stuff all 21 shells jammed full! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mmmmm! Absolutely delish! I made this last night and it was a really tasty dish. I also added some chopped spinach for that extra flavor. But without it, I know it would have been amazing anyway. I would definitely make this again and highly recommend it. Once again, Giada does wonders. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now I know what awaits in heaven. A little off on the prep/active time, but so worth it. Very easy, very tasty and even better as a leftover. I could not believe how much I did not know from other recipes. Making the pasta her way makes stuffing so much more successful..Might I suggest a 6 star rating? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this recipe, and my family cleaned their plates! I also tweaked a couple things.. I used ground turkey, that I added extra seasonings to and I added beef sausages. I also used an italian blend of cheeses in addition to the ricotta. Next time I am going to use italian sausage and mushrooms item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is outstanding! A few sugestions some from former reviewer's others just me. Go with 50% beef, 50% sausage. I use some hot but mostly sweet itialian sausage. Brown with the onion and garlic, and add italian seasoning. I stronly suggest use a homemade sauce, and obviously cheese mixtures are up to you. I have been amazed how everyone seems to enjoy this meal. Play with it and have fun! (PS I never follow a recipe to the T, and rarely comment but this one was well worth it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this using ground turkey instead of beef. It was delicious. My family is picky and everyone absolutely loved it. This will be a regular on our menu. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cheese filling was very bland, the meat had no flavor. I even added about a tsp. of Italian seasoning to the filling. The recipe was not too bad but I have made better stuffed shells. I think this recipe would be better with Italian Sausage instead of ground beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This thing was delicious!!! I had to double the recipe because I had a few friends over and ran out of moz, so I used provolone to cover the second one and it came out better then the first. I loved both dishes though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is really good! Came out perfect and wasn't difficult to make. Very cheesy, which I like but I'm wondering if I would like it better without the beef. Just a thought... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wasn't too excited about this recipe when I prepared it because the ingredients seemed so simple and mundane however, the manicotti were truly luxurious and yummy when prepared as written just like most of Giada's recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! It's just me and my husband so I had alot of left overs for next day lunch - Even better!!!! Definitely a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it, super tasty. I have always just used the manacotti recipe off of the back of the box...this was so much better. Cooking the noodles as per her instructions made them so easier to work with. May add some spinach next time, but other then that, won't change a thing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this and it was delicious! The other reviewers are correct, though. You need to really season the meat and cheese mixture well, more than indicated. I added sauteed mushrooms, Italian Seasoning and a mixture I always have on hand (salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Next time I am going to try Italian sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish for my dad and younger brother and they LOVED it! They're normally a hard crowd to please but they couldn't stop raving about this dish. Instead of using ricotta cheese I used cottage cheese and I also switched the marinara sauce with Giada De Laurentiis creamy tomato pasta sauce which I got from my local Target. I also added Italian bread crumbs to my beef mixture when I seasoned it. I will definitely make this dish again item not reviewed by moderator and published
This isn't a favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is a very VERY picky eater and finding a recipe he loves is very far and few between! I used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 italian sausage because I'm not a huge "burger" fan and it turned out great. He LOVED it and I had extra to share with friends (who loved it too. He liked it so much he will not let me share the extra anymore and there's only two of us. Thanks bunches! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! I followed other reviewers advice and added more garlic as well as cooked up extra manicotti- you can fill 7-8 more. Was able to make an extra dish for my in-laws. They and my husband absolutely loved it! I'll be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family they luved it and so did i thank you giada: item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband LOVED it! Building my recipe book Thanks to you!! Now I'm using the leftover meat/cheese mixture for stuffed banana peppers and making sub sandwhiches! YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe, i used 1/2 pound ground pork &amp; 1/2 pound beef plus i asked my butcher to add some bacon in the mix for extra flavor. my boyfriend love it tks Giada item not reviewed by moderator and published
FABULOUS! I used a little less onion, a little more garlic &amp; traded the ground beef for bison. It's less than half the fat of beef with more iron &amp; natural flavors. My new go-to recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was very tasty, but then I used my homemade Lasagna sauce for the sauce. It was a little thicker. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and tasty. I will eliminate the salt next time and will probably uses a mixture of beef and hot Italian sausage. Also, it needs way, way, way more garlic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! Will make again and again for my family.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe isn't bad, but there has to be a way to make the beef in the filling more flavorful--it's a little bland. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is now my "go to" manicotti recipe!! Have made it several times and it is hands down the best I've ever made or eaten. Whenever I make sauce I freeze a batch specifically to have on hand to make this recipe. The only change I've made is using It. sausage for half the ground beef for the added flavor. And don't leave out the dots of butter on top it really does make all the difference. Thanks Giada!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Nothing special about this recipe. Will not be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make. Great flavors! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious - easy and my entire family loved it! We don't eat a lot of red meat so I always substitute ground turkey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG this was INCREDIBLE! I actually did not find it to be that labor intensive as so many people have said!! The only thing I changed was that I used dried parsley instead of fresh and I omitted the butter! I used an organic Marinara Sauce from Whole Foods. My husband couldn't get enough of this! Giada you're the best : item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a little work, but according to my husband, well worth it!! I have made this several times. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The entire family loved this dish. I also added spinach to the mixture--a great way to get the kids to eat more veggies. Next time I'll use the ziploc bag piping method, as a small spoon makes more work than needed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and so easy! I even added spinach to the mixture. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this last night and it was a hit. Manicotti is a regular dish in our household but usually I only make it with cheese. I made this pretty much according to directions EXCEPT I used two full jars of Classico Tomato and Basil pasta sauce rather than marinara, and I added some of the ground beef mixture (I made more than the recipe to the sauce. It was very tasty, and everyone loved it. I served it with a salad and warm crusty bread. Tip: I use a large zip lock bag with the corner snipped off to "pipe" the filling into the manicotti. Makes it a breeze. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this exactly as written, and it was absolutely delicious. My daughter loved it and asks for it over and over again. Very flavorful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Holy frijoles!!! This was an outstanding dish and pretty darn fun to make! Everyone raved about it. Two manicotti will satisfy the average appetite. I simply adore Giada and am rarely disappointed with any recipe I've tried! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for the first time for my Italian mom, and she loved it!! It was full of flavor. I would definately make this again. I know it was good because my mom asked me for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although the prep time is a little more involved than I'd prefer the taste is worth the preparation. I mix 1/2 Italian sausage and 1/2 ground beef. It's GREAT. There's plenty of stuffing left over. After the pasta is placed in the pan I spread the remaining stuffing on top and add cheese and stewed tomatoes. SO DELICIOUS!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was ok, the meat and cheese filling was kind of bland, and just plain marinara sauce? If I decide to try this recipe again, I will have to tweak it a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Deeeee-lish! I made this the first time yesterday for my neighbor who just had a baby and she texted me after and raved about it! I did use half mild italian sausage and half ground beef, and it had an amazing taste. I think just ground beef would be great too, but I just love italian sausage : At any rate, I will be making this again and again, Thanks Giada!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GR8 dish. Would be perfect 4 a beginner!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick and easy to make. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my boyfriend and his family and everyone loved it. I used Italian sausage instead of the groundbeef and a little more sauce then the recipe called for other then that I did everything else the same. This was so easy I will definitely be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my first time making manacotti, this was a very easy but very delicious recipe. It was extremely good and I would add more sauce in my opinion. I used a ziplock bag and cut a hole to fill them it I found it easier to stuff them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! I loved it!! My husband is not a big fan of pasta and he really liked it too : however i didn't have parsley, I used basil instead it was very yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a recipe I pull out whenever I'm wanting to impress. Great to prep up early and throw in the oven when entertaining. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is amazing! My family is on a sort of health kick, so I replaced some of the meat with turkey, and no one noticed! It's very easy and tastes great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and it was AMAZING! I made Michael Chiarello's marinara sauce with this manicotti and it was perfect. A nice salad with homemade oil and vinegar salad dressing and garlic bread on the side, made the most unbeleivable dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I give this recipe 6 out of 5 stars, absolutely fabulous. Pain in the butt for one person, but my hubby helped and from start to finish, 2 hours. I disagree that the recipe needs more marinara, it was perfect! My hamburger package was 1.2 lbs, I shook a few generous sprinkles of cayenne in the hamburger mix. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly... crazy good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for my son for his 26th birthday. He said it was awesome. I used Barilla spicy marinara sauce. Instead of sprinking cheese on the top, I used the mix of cheeses. I also added provolone in the mix of cheeses. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I made it for my husband, and he said it was the best he's ever had. I used more sauce than it called for, and I will definitely use italian sausage next time! Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first attempt at making stuffed manicotti. I used Italian sausage with a touch more marinara. Wonderful recipe for an easy supper for company added with a salad and garlic bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making this dish and I have to say it came out DELICIOUS!!! Family loved it and I would of added more sauce but it was great! Next time I will try italian sausage like many others mentioned. Great recipe to have :) Thanks Giada!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was simply the best manicotti I've ever had!!!! And my mom, best friend, and brother all agreed. We paired it with some garlic bread and it was wonderful. Highly recommended!! I added cilantro to the meat, and, by mistake, put more mozzarella cheese in the filling than was necessary but it was still amazing! I used Bertolli Marinara sauce too which I also recommend. 5 stars for Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! I made this dish for my boyfriend and he loved it. I also included some spicy italian sausage for an extra kick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe! I ended up doubling it and instead of using another pound of ground beef, I used mild italian sausage- added alot of flavor. Also to my ricotta mixture, I added a good pinch of nutmeg. Do it in my lasagna too and it really adds something. Even better the next day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe! Super easy and not to expensive to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AWESOME!!!!!!!!! I just made it and my husband love it. I made Giada's Marinara sauce and it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make and fairly quick--especially if you use premade marinara. It requires more sauce than the recipe calls for. I used 4 cups of sauce. Pair it with a nice salad and you've got a meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it. I skipped the parsley and black pepper cos I don't like them. Pretty easy and quick. I like the cheese brown so I broiled it for a minute at the end. Boyfriend and I loved it. We were full after 2-3 manicottis so we definitely have enough to eat for a few more meals! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this last night for dinner and was a hit, only change I made was putting the meat in with the sauce and stuffing the manicotti with just the cheese mixture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an awesome dish. I had some friends over for my birthday and made this dish, they were very impressed. I think I would try italian sausage with the cheese mixture next time. Thanks Giada, look forward to seeing you in Atlanta in April item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was a decent meal. I think it would be better if it were mixed with Italian sausage. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fantastic. I made some slight changes to it. I put the Garlic in with the Beef and Onions when I sauteed them. I also added an egg, and an Ital Seasoning mix to the cheese mixture. Really really good. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious! I added more garlic than called for and used mild Italian sausage! The fam definitely loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a REAL KEEPER (along with Paula Deen's pumpkin trifle!) The only thing I did different was use 1/2 of the ground beef and added 1/2 of italian sausage. I also put some baby bella mushrooms on top while it was baking. This is a 10-star recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my husband who hates Ricotta cheese (a first for me so, I changed it a little. I made Ital-Mex version, I used 1 pound sausage and 1 pound Mexican sausage, it was wonderful. Next time I will made with Ricotta, I want to see if he'll be able to tell. Wish me luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made with Italian Sausage and my 3 year olds loved it!!! Very easy and yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was amazing....my boyfriend doesnt really like stuffed pasta, but he loved this one. Definitely a keeper. Thanks Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a quadruple batch of this today for my parent's vow renewal ceremony &amp; it was AWESOME! We received so many compliments on it. We made chicken instead of beef. I roasted some chicken breasts &amp; then chopped them in the food processor. A great substitute when you're making for folks that don't eat beef. Although, we may just make it this way in the future because it was so great. Filled the manicotti by piping the filling into the noodles with a ziplock bag. Just filled the bag, snipped the corner off &amp; squeezed. Easy &amp; fast! Also made Giada's Marinara sauce,which was great! Just search for Marinara Sauce &amp; look for Giada's. A perfect dish! Oh we did bake with foil on because hubby put in the oven &amp; didn't know it was supposed to be taken off. It was perfect, so I'll probably do that in the future as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to make! Whole family thought it was delicious. Will make again and again. Can't wait to make it for company. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fabulous and was relatively simple, too! It worked perfectly to put together the night before and then just put in the oven to bake for dinner. Will most DEFinitely make this again!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so delicious! Used hot Italian sausage instead of beef and large flat lasagna sheets instead of manicotti tubes! This is a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made this for my family for valentine's day weekend..this was fun , yum-o dish..although we used chicken cooked in chopped garlic &amp; chopped onions , salt &amp; pepper with evoo...thanks god bless item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I made it just the way the receipe calls! I did use large shell noodles instead. Sooo good!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fun, fairly easy recipe. I skipped the butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was AMAZING!! I made it on New Year's Eve for my family and I had NO LEFTOVERS!!! It was so good, I think they were looking for more....haha lol...so next time I will have to make 2 batches!! Thank you Giada! I love your recipe and your show!! Happy New Year item not reviewed by moderator and published
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