My children always asked for these as a special dinner item on birthday. Now they think that if I have fixed it, someone special is coming over and want to know why they were not invited!
- 2 box
- manicotti shells (sometimes i substitute large shells
- 1 Tbsp
- olive oil, light
- 12-16 oz
- cottage cheese, small curd
- 6 Tbsp
- chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 c
- parmesean cheese, fresh
- 1 lb
- extra lean ground beef
- 1 pinch
- salt and pepper
- 1 can(s)
- spaghetti sauce, meatless
- egg, slightly beaten
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees. pour 1/3 - 1/2 can sauce in bottom of 11x13 cake pan.
2Put oil in pot of boiling water. Add shells. Cook as directed.
3While shells are cooking, mix all ingredients except meat and sauce in large bowl with a large spoon or fork.
4Gradually add meat and mix together by hand.
5Drain shells and allow to cool 5 min. Gently stuff shells with meat mixture and place in pan. Pour remaining sauce over top and sprinkle fresh parmesean on top. put in oven and bake.
6Remove from oven and allow to sit 5-10 minutes. Can be served straight from pan.