Cheesy Manicotti Pasta Bake


Cheesy Manicotti Pasta Bake

Satisfies that comfort food craving! Hearty one-dish casserole perfect for a cool fall day. Savory tomato sauce mixed with pasta and melted cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Entree
Servings 8


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (16oz) pkg medium shell pasta
  • 1 (14oz) can, crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tsp dried basil
  • 0.5 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Wisconsin ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Wisconsin mozzeralla cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Wisconsin parmesan cheese, shredded


  • Heat oven to 425°F.
  • In Dutch oven or large stock pot, brown beef and onion over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Drain, leaving beef and onion in the pot.
  • Stir in garlic and simmer 30 seconds. Add water, uncooked pasta, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper.
  • Drop large scoops of ricotta cheese on top of pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15-20 minutes.
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