Quick and Easy Manicotti is a hearty Italian dish that is perfect for dinner any night of the week! In Italian, manicotti means “little sleeve.” These little sleeves are stuffed with garlic, beef, and cheese, and covered with marinara sauce. Make Quick and Easy Manicotti for a cheesy, savory meal that’s so delicious, you’ll feel like you’re at an Italian restaurant!

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  • 8 manicotti
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (15.5 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2 –Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish

Step 3 –Cook the manicotti shells according to package directions.

Step 4 –Drain the pasta before rinsing it in cold water.

Step 5 –Drain again, and set aside.

Step 6 –Sauté the ground beef and garlic in a skillet, stirring to crumble the beef, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7 –Drain the skillet.

Step 8 –Add the cottage cheese, mozzarella, salt, and mayonnaise to the skillet, stirring well.

Step 9 –Stuff the manicotti shells with the meat mixture.

Step 10 –Arrange the shells in the prepared baking dish.

Step 11 –Combine the spaghetti sauce and oregano.

Step 12 –Pour the sauce over the manicotti.

Step 13 –Sprinkle the tops of the manicotti with the parmesan cheese.

Step 14 –Cover and bake for 15 minutes.

Step 15 –Uncover and bake for 10 additional minutes.

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Step 16 –Serve.