This easy beef and cheese manicotti recipe is stuffed with ground beef and not just one but three kinds of cheese! Your family will request this favorite again and again!
Beef and Cheese Manicotti
There are some recipes which are special because they taste amazing, and then there are some recipes which are special because they taste amazing AND they bring back good memories.
The same way grandma’s butterhorn cookies can transport you back to feeling like a child at Christmas, these beef and cheese manicotti take me back to the night my husband proposed.
He went all out on the romance and decided to impress me by making dinner from scratch along with candlelight, champagne and the whole nine yards. Pasta filled with meat and three kinds of cheese? Yes, the answer is yes!
These beef manicotti are sure to impress anyone you make them for, but they’re simple enough to cook for a weeknight family dinner. I’ve even used this recipe to teach students learning English as a second language since it’s a very hands-on dish. Kids also love to help make these!
I rely on jarred marinara sauce to streamline the process. That way all I have to concentrate on is preparing the filling and stuffing the tubes. So much yummy cheese and beefy flavor!
If you use a zip-lock bag to pipe the filling into the pasta, that part goes rather quickly. Simply place the filling into the bag and snip off one of the corners.
Then, squeeze from the top and it’s a fuss-free job, plus way less messy than using spoons! To make an even faster dinner reminiscent of this meal, try my Ricotta Pasta with Beef. There’s no stuffing involved!
The manicotti will all fit in a 13×9 pan if you tuck them in snuggly. Then we douse the whole thing with sauce and extra cheese.
It makes for an ooey, gooey cheesy dinner. If you would like them to look “prettier” (more like the photos), space them out a little more and bake the extras in a square pan.
Now married, my husband and I still make these beef and cheese manicotti together. It’s a great teamwork dinner and tasty reminder of the love we share.