Native to central Asia, garlic is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world and has been grown for over 5000 years. Ancient Egyptians seem to have been the first to cultivate this plant that played an important role in their culture.
Garlic was not only bestowed with sacred qualities and placed in the tomb of Pharaohs, but it was given to the slaves that built the Pyramids to enhance their endurance and strength. This strength-enhancing quality was also honored by the ancient Greeks and Romans, civilizations whose athletes ate garlic before sporting events and whose soldiers consumed it before going off to war.
Garlic was introduced into various regions throughout the globe by migrating cultural tribes and explorers. By the 6th century BC, garlic was known in both China and India, the latter country using it for therapeutic purposes.
Throughout the millennia, garlic has been a beloved plant in many cultures for both its culinary and medicinal properties. Over the last few years, it has gained unprecedented popularity since researchers have been scientifically validating its numerous health benefits.
Currently, China, South Korea, India, Spain and the United States are among the top commercial producers of garlic.
Add something to your family's dinner tonight. Serve baked manicotti shells. I had so much fun stuffing the manicotti shells.
Beef And Cheese Manicotti
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1 pound ground beef
1 (8 oz) package manicotti
1 onion, chopped
1 (24 oz) jar pasta sauce
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
1 heaping tablespoon garlic, minced
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
Cook manicotti according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool.
In skillet, over medium heat, add ground beef, onions, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, cook until beef is no longer pink. Add 1 cup pasta sauce, garlic and 1/4 cup Parmesan, stir well.
Add thin layer of sauce on bottom of casserole dish. Working over casserole dish, fill manicotti with meat using a spoon. Top manicotti with remaining pasta sauce, Parmesan cheese and Mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 degrees, until cheese is melted and heated through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Enjoy!
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