Spinach, Pesto, and Beef Stuffed Manicotti
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- 8 oz
- manicotti, 12 pasta shells
- 1 1/2 lb
- ground beef
- 1/3 c
- pesto sauce
- 3 c
- marinara sauce
- (8 ounce) bags fresh spinach
- 8 oz
- cream cheese
- 4 oz
- provolone cheese, sliced - 12 pieces
- 1/2 c
- parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 c
- mozzarella cheese, shredded
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
1Brown the ground meat and season well with salt and pepper.
Drain off the grease and put in a large bowl.
2Boil the shells, according to package, drain and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3In the same skillet in which you browned the meat, add some olive oil and saute the spinach until completely done.
4Mix the pesto, cream cheese, Parmesan and spinach into the ground meat.
5Pour a little marinara into a large (large enough to hold all the manicotti in one layer) casserole dish, enough to allow the shells to sit on and not stick to the bottom of the dish.
6Then stuff the shells with the meat mixture and lay the stuffed shells into the casserole.
7Top each shell with Provolone.
Pour remaining marinara over shells, top with shredded mozzarella.
8Bake for 45-60 minutes according to your oven temperature, until hot and bubbly with the cheese all melted but not too browned.