January 25, 2012

Manicotti Bolognese

For those who are passionate about pasta... 

MANICOTTI BOLOGNESE
(5 servings / 50 minutes) / Click here to see this recipe in Portuguese

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 saute 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 Preparation
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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