Manicotti Bolognese

For those who are passionate about pasta…

 

Click here to see the recipe in Portuguese

 

Servings: 5

Preparation time: 50 minutes

 

Ingredients:

1 package (8 oz.) Manicotti pasta

1 lb. ground beef (I recommend ground sirloin)

1 small onion, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 chopped tomato

2 cans tomato sauce

½ cup fresh parsley, chopped

1 tbs. olive oil

salt an pepper to taste

grated parmesan cheese

 

Directions:

Sauce:

1 – In a saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté garlic and onion.

2 – Add ground beef and season to taste (with salt, pepper and a little bit of vinegar).

3 – Let the meat cook thoroughly, stirring sometimes.

4 – Add tomatoes.

5 – In a medium heat, add tomato sauce and cover the pan, letting cook for 5 minutes.

6 – Reduce heat to lower and let the sauce cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.

7 – Add parsley, mix and remove from heat.

Pasta and Assembly:

1 – Prepare pasta according the instructions on the box.

(For this recipe, I used Barilla’s Manicotti pasta and preparation was: bring 4 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Add salt to taste, if desired. Add contents of package to boiling water. Stir gently. Return water to a boil. Boil for 8 – 9 minutes. Remove from heat and drain well).

2 – Fill pasta with meat sauce.

3 – In a baking sheet, add 5 tbs. sauce and put the stuffed pasta.

4 – Pour the remaining sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

5 – Cover with foil and bake (350°F) for about 10 minutes.

 

Tips:

  • If you want to make a different sauce, use sausage instead of ground beef.
  • Ricotta cheese with tomato (seasoned with oregano) is also a good option to fill this pasta. In this case, prepare a tomato sauce to use as a base and topping.
  • Do not let the sauce too dry. As pasta goes into the oven, it’s good that it has some liquid for cooking.

 

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