A delicious twist on an Italian favorite.
ingredients
ingredients
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step-by-step directions

Baked Manicotti

  • 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 (sliced)
  • 1 pound Beef Ground Round
  • 1/2 tube Tomato Paste (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Dry White Wine
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 pound Bresaola (sliced)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Pecorino (plus 1/2 cup)
  • 1 package Manicotti
  • 2 bunches Italian Parsley (finely chopped to yield 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cups Basic Tomato Sauce
step-by-step directions
  • In a 6 to 8-quart, heavy-bottomed Saucepan, heat the Olive Oil and Butter over medium heat. Add the Onions, Celery, and Garlic and sweat over medium heat until the Vegetables are translucent and soft but not browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add the Ground Beef and stir into the Vegetables. And cook over medium heat and fully cooked, about 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • Add the Tomato Paste, Milk, and Wine and simmer over medium-low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Season with Salt and Pepper, to taste, and remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Meanwhile, blanch the Manicotti Shells exactly half the time it says on the package and then drain and submerge in ice water to cool.  Remove and drain and set aside in the fridge till ready to use.
  • Place cooked and cooled Ragu in large mixing bowl and add Bresaola, Eggs, 1/2 cup Grated Cheese and 1/2 chopped Parsley and mix well.  Season with Salt and Pepper and carefully stuff, using a piping bag or a small spoon, into Pasta tubes.  Layer Pasta tubes in an Oiled 8-inch by 10-inch baking dish, alternating with Tomato Sauce and Grated Cheese, until dish is full.
  • Place in an oven and cook 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy on top and serve.
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