Friday, May 4, 2012

Beef And Cheese Manicotti

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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  1. love this look delicious!! gloria

  2. Looks great, and with all that garlic, I bet it tastes great too!

  3. Looks so YUMMY,and melted mozarella cheese even bettter !!

  4. I don't think of stuffing shells as fun (unless Taylor is helping me) I love manicotti. And garlic is amazing! Thank you for teaching me about garlic!

  5. We are big Garcia fans and this looks delicious.Diane

  6. Christine, What a fun dish this is. Sounds really very good. Great info on Garlic. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. Well personally I am a big time garlic fan, so I love these facts as well as the dish!

  8. Just wonderful facts about garlic! (one of my personal favorite ingredients!)

  9. I could not live without garlic.... great info. These stuffed shells look amazing... I just need a fork now. :)

  10. Love manicotti with any kind of filling!
    Try stuffing manicotti using a frosting piping bag, a dessert decorator pipe or a gallon zip bag with one corner cut to let the filling out. It would be a lot easier compared to using spoon.

  11. It has been a long time since I've had manicotti--I remember having a terrible time stuffing the shells the last time I made them. Christine, this looks delicious!

  12. mmmm...garlic. Cheese. Me happy :-P

  13. Quick, easy, homey comfort food. Always welcome and delicious.

  14. I want to make this for my b-friend. He would LOVE it!

    1. Thank you, Tiffany! If you make this, let me know what y'all think. I like getting feedback on my recipes. Enjoy!

  15. I love manicotti but I've only had it with just cheese. I'll have to try this next time!

  16. What a wonderful pics of Beef And Cheese Manicotti you have here.
    Perhaps you're interested to submit your food photos on a food photography site that has tagline "Food Photography that will make you hungry" :)
    It's free to submit, free to join, and a lot of members can enjoy your creation!


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