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Playing Sloppy Joe Manicotti


  • 1 12-piece package manicotti shells
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Serves: 4 servings


In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the beef and brown, breaking it up as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups tomato sauce, the brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Drizzle a 9x13" casserole dish with 1/4 cup of the remaining tomato sauce. Stuff each manicotti shell with 1/4 cup of the meat mixture and place them side by side in the casserole dish.

Spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the manicotti and top with the cheese. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 15 minutes.