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String Cheese Manicotti - Easy to stuff manicotti by using string cheese. Weeknight meals don't get easier than this. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

String Cheese Manicotti

This String Cheese Manicotti is stuffed with string cheese for a super easy weeknight meal. My kids loved it!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 12 pieces string cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • (optional) basil, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions in salted water.
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook beef and onion over medium heat in a large skillet until meat is no longer pink; add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Drain meat. Stir in spaghetti sauce. Spread half of the meat sauce into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
  3. Drain manicotti. An 8 ounce package has 14 shells but I could only fit 12 in my baking dish and 2 of the shells ripped. Stuff each shell with a piece of string cheese. You could even use 2 pieces of string cheese but we thought one was plenty once it melted. Arrange manicotti over meat sauce. Place over meat sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover with foil and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and garnish with basil if desired.

Recipe Notes

Source: slightly adapted from Taste of Home: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easy-to-stuff-manicotti