This recipe turned out SO good! It is such an easy weeknight meal and only one bowl to clean!! The ingredients are so simple, you likely have most of them in your pantry! This recipe could easily be doubled for larger crowds or for leftovers! Let me know if you try this simple dinner recipe!
Let’s get started!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours25 minutes
2 cups Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup cottage cheese (optional)
1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 8oz package Manicotti shells uncooked
1 lb ground beef or Italian Sausage browned and drained
1 24oz jar pasta sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning- optional
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown a pound of ground beef or Italian sausage
Pour a 24oz jar of your favorite pasta sauce into the meat
Add the seasonings and stir
Cover with a lid and let simmer on low heat
Add the Ricotta, cottage cheese, shredded Parmesan, and 1 cup mozzarella cheesed into a medium sized bowl- stir together until well blended
Spoon the cheese into a large resealable plastic bag such as a Ziplock, close the end, being sure to remove the air and snip off one corner so you can pipe the cheese into the shells
Spoon a small layer of your meat sauce mixture into the bottom of your Crockpot to completely cover the bottom
Open 1 8oz package of Manicotti shells
Pipe the cheese into each shell
Place 7 stuffed shells into the Crockpot on top of the meat layer
Spoon more the meat sauce over the shells
Add one more layer of the stuffed Manicotti shells and top it with the remaining meat sauce
Cover and let cook on low for 4 hours or 2 hours on high
When there is 20 minutes left of cook time, sprinkle the remaining shredded mozzarella on top
Once melted, serve with a side salad!
I like to use a large can of crushed tomatoes for my pasta sauce. If you do this add 1/2 cup of water as well and more seasonings to give it flavor.