Tuesday, July 17, 2012


"Mamma Mia!"

1 Tablespoon canola oil
2 pounds ground beef
1 smal1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1-(24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, any flavor
1-(14.5 ounce) Hunt's diced fire roasted tomatoes with garlic, undrained
1-(8 ounce) box manicotti noodles 
1-(8 ounce) package Italian-blend cheese
1-(8 ounce) package mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large saucepan, heat canola oil.  Add ground beef, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder; cook until ground beef is browned and onion and garlic are tender.  Add spaghetti sauce and canned tomatoes.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.  Cook manicotti noodles according to package directions.  Allow noodles to cool so that you can handle them.  In a 13x9 pan that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, ladle enough meat sauce to cover the bottom of the pan.  Stuff noodles with meat sauce and lay on top of meat sauce in the pan.  (TIP:  If you find it difficult to fill the noodles, you can lay them in the pan, slit them open, spoon the meat sauce onto the noodles and turn them slit-side down.)  Cover noodles with mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese.  Ladle on remaining meat sauce and cover with Italian-blend cheese.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and sauce is bubbly.  Serve with salad and garlic bread for a complete Italian meal.  

"I love Italian food!"


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