Non-veg foods, especially the meat dishes, always give me an adrenaline rush like no other. With some of the most exotic and implausible cuisines available with meat, I could literally drop off everything to compete with any connoisseur on earth if given a chance to experiment all the meat recipes curated from the global chefs.
Let’s not get into that debate much as chances are less, ahem!
Do you like trying different meat recipes? No matter what you love to eat or cook, you will definitely love the Manicotti with Meat Sauce, a staple piece of my conversation today.
It was when I visited my best friend in Manitoba last year, she came with this artisanal Manicotti delight, for a gourmet dinner at her place. She prepared the whole dish by herself except the garlic bread, that she added as extra.
The reason, I can’t wait to share the skillet with you today is because the dish was sumptuous and melting into each of my bites. It was probably one of the best meat dishes I tried in decades.
If you don’t have much idea on this recipe, let me tell you I had even none. But then I sat for 1 long hour with my really tired friend, post our dinner, and pierced the secret of this magic dish.
She told me, it is nothing but the pasta noodles dunked in a creamy and meaty Italian goodness. She also insisted that I must team up this dish with a garlic bread.
After all, she is a foodie like me and loves to indulge in an epicurean spree all year round.
However, let’s waffle no more and come straight to the Ingredients…
For Meat sauce, you need the following:
- 1 medium sized onion
- 1 lb ground beef (lean meat preferred)
- 6 Oz sliced pepperoni (Italian sausage)
- 1-5 clove (minced)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 28 Oz crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp pepper flakes
For Manicotti, you need the following:
- 1 8oz package manicotti
- 3 cups (18 Oz) ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese ( you can use Parmesan cheese also)
- 1/2 tsp black pepper5
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt6
- 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)7
- 1/4 cup (2 tablespoon) finely chopped basil (or fresh parsley or oregano) 8
- 1 zested lemon
So ready with your wok and ladle? If you don’t usually shoulder rub with your kitchen, this preparation of 12-15 people might take around 2 hours at the maximum.
Here we go….
- Preheat your microwave oven at 375 degree F.
- Now you blend the chopped onion and pepperoni in a bowl of your food processor till the mixture becomes mushy. Now add the ground beef and pulse a few times until all mix really well.
- Next, you take a big sautee pan to brown the meat over medium to high flame. Make sure you break the meat while you cook it with a wooden spoon.
- Make sure you collect 1 cup of this mashed meat to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve.Now come to the skillet again and add salt, pepper, garlic and cook 1 minute till the garlic leaves its fragrance. Next, add the tomatoes to boil and simmer till the sauce thickens and get mushy. Now sprinkle some salt and pepper.Bingo, your meat sauce is ready!
- In the meantime don’t forget to cook, drain and cool your Manicotti.
- Now take a large bowl and mix ricotta, mozzarella, eggs, basil, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir all of them together and set aside.
- Now spread 1/3 of the meat sauce at the bottom of your large baking casserole or dish. Next, you need to place each of the noodles flat on the baking surface, making it a cylindrical or tube like shape and add the ricotta filling inside.Make sure the noodles, roll tightly around their filling. Next, add a thick mixture of your ricotta into each tube. Top it with the meat sauce.
- With all immaculately done, finally it’s your time to bake the dish for approximately 40 minutes. The moment you see the sauce bubbling at the edges, sprinkle the remaining cheese as a topping.
Now bake your dish for another 5 minutes. The cheese would have melted by now.
So, take the dish out and let it cool for sometime before you entice your taste buds with the tender and juicy Manicotti in Meat sauce.
And yes, don’t forget to pair your delicious plate with a slice of garlic bread or two. Trust me, this meat dish is just fit for any table and can give you a taste of a lifetime. However, when your guests pat your back, don’t forget to give me a thanks. Ha-ha, you are welcome to enjoy the food now.