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5 from 1 vote


Delicious cheesy manicotti recipe. Made with lots of cheese and a from-scratch meat sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Beef and Cheese Manicotti, Easy Baked Manicotti, Manicotti
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 432kcal
Author: Julie of


  • 1 lb beef
  • 1 package manicotti shells
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 32 oz whole milk ricotta
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat some olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat then add the onions and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for 10 seconds.
  • Add the beef and break it up using a wooden spoon.
  • Once the beef is completely brown, season with granulated garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes and red wine.
  • Place a lid on the pot, reduce the heat to low, and stir occasionally. Cook for 1 hour.
  • Bring a large pot of salted Walter to a boil.
  • Once the sauce thickens, add the brown sugar and fresh basil. Check for seasoning.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parsley, parmesan cheese, garlic, mozzarella cheese, and salt.
  • Place the ricotta mixture in a ziplock bag, set aside.
  • Cook the manicotti in boiling water, then drain and rinse with cold water.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • To assemble, spread about 1 cup of meat sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  • Fill each manicotti with the ricotta filling, fill both ends.
  • Place the filled manicotti’s in the casserole dish then ladle the remaining sauce over the manicotti.
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and place it in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese melts completely.
  • Serve with salad and garlic bread if desired, enjoy!



Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 484mg | Iron: 3.1mg