Mexican Manicotti

Brandi Kirkpatrick

By
@IdGirl25

Alright, my students and I worked on this recipe today. I am sure there are tons of variations out there for this, but this is mainly based off a Betty Crocker recipe, but tweaked a bit. It was amazing! So proud of my kids for being brave and trying something new!

Like most of the recipes I make it can be very versatile. Use chicken instead of beef, toss in beans (which may complicate piping), etc. Have fun with it!


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Serves:

6 (2 Manicotti each)

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

1 package manicotti, uncooked

SAUCE

1 lb. lean ground beef
½ yellow onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic
6 oz tomato paste
16 oz can enchilada sauce
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water

FILLING

3 oz cream cheese
1 egg
10 oz sour cream
3-4 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
2 (4oz) cans green chilies, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

sliced olives
chopped tomatoes
green onions

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
2
Soak manicotti in really hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drain well.
3
In a skillet, cook beef until browned. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and sauté until translucent. Add tomato paste, enchilada sauce, taco seasoning mix and water. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add additional water if too thick. (Remember you will want a little extra moisture in the sauce because you need to finish cooking the noodles in the oven.)
4
In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sour cream, 2 cups cheese, chilies, and 2 Tablespoons of cilantro. Spoon 1 cup of meat sauce mixture into the bottom of your 9x13 baking dish. Filling Pasta: Pipe about 3 Tablespoons of filling mixture into each pasta tube (we used a ziploc bag with the corner snipped). Place filled pasta onto sauce, repeat with remaining noodles. Pour remaining sauce mixture over noodles.
5
Cover pan with sprayed foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover pan and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and additional toppings if desired!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy