Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce
We spent hours in the kitchen, but our manicotti was still mediocre. Could we make it faster-and better?
Why This Recipe Works
Fresh pasta was ideal for rolling up the manicotti tubes in our Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce, but no-boil lasagna noodles worked almost as well with a fraction of the effort. Breaking down the meat in the food processor allowed its flavor to permeate the sauce. To give some spice to the meat mixture we tried adding several combinations of hot Italian sausage, meatloaf mix, and ground pork. In the end we discovered a popular pizza topping delivered the perfect spicy, meaty taste. We also reserved some of the meat mixture to stir into the filling for our Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce.