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I have a notebook that I keep in my bedroom. That way, if I am watching tv and see something that I might like to make sometime, I can scribble it down in my notebook to look up online later. That list is becoming quite long! I try to turn to it at least once a week to be able to mark at least one off the list, but I keep adding faster than I’m taking off!

This recipe came off of that list. Mario Batalli was on Rachael Ray’s talk show one day and made this recipe. I can’t remember ever making a Mario Batalli recipe, so I really wanted to try this. And it also helped that I had some ham left over in my fridge, and I knew this would be a great way to use it up. I did like this recipe, but I think it would be even better if you put some ricotta in the filling. As much as I love meat, this was almost too meaty. I think the creamy cheese would really add a whole new level to this recipe!

Also – starting on Monday, I will be having a “Countdown to Christmas” here on Taste and Tell. So get ready for 12 days of sweets and treats!

Mario Batali’s Stuffed Manicotti with Beef
adapted from Rachael Ray

Serves 6-8

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 carrot, finely diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 clove garlic, diced
1 pound ground beef
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup milk
1 cup stock (I used chicken, but beef would be the best)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Pecorino-Romano, plus more for the top
3 eggs
1/2 cup ham, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 package manicotti
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 cups basic tomato sauce

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the olive oil and the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, carrot and garlic and sweat over medium heat until the vegetables are translucent and soft but not browned, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the ground beef and stir into the vegetables. Cook over medium heat until fully cooked, about 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add the tomato paste, milk, and stock and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Bring 6 quarts of water to boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Add the manicotti and cook according to package directions. Drain and reserve.

Place the cool, cooked ragu in a large mixing bowl and add the ham, eggs, 1/2 cup grated cheese and the parsley; mix well. Season with salt and pepper and carefully stuff, using a piping bag or a spoon, into pasta tubes. Layer the pasta tubes in an oiled 8-inch by 10-inch baking dish, alternating with tomato sauce and grated cheese. Place in the preheated oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on top.

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15 Responses to Mario Batali’s Stuffed Manicotti with Beef

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A scrumptious looking dish! Tasty!



  2. Bellini Valli says:

    These are like lasagna in a roll.

  3. Mary says:

    The manicotti looks wonderful, but it does sound very meaty. I think you are right.

  4. kat says:

    It does look really tasty

  5. Dawn says:

    I've seen this and have wanted to make. Now that you made it I want it–that's how it always goes isn't it?

  6. Abby says:

    Brad would LOVE this.

    (PS. Did you know one of your ads on the left is sticking into your blog copy? I'm using IE at work,and at least it's doing it with that browser.)

  7. Jamie @ Bungalow Bee says:

    Hi Deborah – I love your blogs. I have a question for you. I've been really wanting to make healthier and more creative meals but we are on a really tight budget. You are always trying new recipes, so do you have any suggestions for buying the ingredients you need at a reasonable price and then using ingredients before they go bad? Hope you're having a great holiday!

  8. lostpastremembered says:

    That's a great post… I can't tell you how many people I know that do the same thing with the notebook…including me… missing out on precious ingredients or technique when the phone rings!!!
    Looks like you didn't miss a thing with this one… glad to have found you!


  9. Grace says:

    mario and his orange crocs don't get enough credit. 🙂 great dish–i think adding ricotta is a great idea!

  10. erik organic says:

    This is a great post and I like the recipe. It looks like lasagna rolled with all the sauce stuffed into it.

  11. Kim says:

    Your picture is so good that I'm drooling over here! It looks fantastic. Adding in more cheese can never hurt a recipe 😉

  12. Valerie says:

    It looks really good. I'm with you on adding ricotta or something since I don't like too much meat at one time.

    Looking forward to all the treats on your countdown!!

  13. The Food Hunter says:

    Your manicotti look really good!

  14. Large Wall Mirrors Gal says:

    It look really fabulous. Love this blog, The sounds makes so tasty.

  15. SHM says:

    looks delicious, i'll have to try this!

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