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Best Italian Chef Finalist: Ten Cheese Manicotti

by Allison L. - Durham, NC | Written on February 6, 2013

I lived most of my life with my Nona, she taught me how to cook. When we had large family gatherings, she would make big dishes. My favorite was always the stuffed manicotti with ten different cheeses. I love pasta and I love cheese, so when my Nona taught me to make her manicotti I was ecstatic! I added my own twist to it when I was going to make it for a work gathering and found out a few of the people at my place of employment didn’t eat beef. I added ground turkey instead of beef, and my coworkers loved it so much that I continued to make it with the turkey. I have five boys, and one day my husband was making nachos for the boys at the same time as I was making my manicotti for a dinner I was going to have with some girlfriends. My husband sat the bowl of ground beef next to my manicotti and I started to add it to my sauce when my husband came in and stopped me. He told me that it was ground beef, so as not to be late for the event I just left what I had already added and then I added the remainder of my ground turkey. When I took my dish to my friend’s house, they loved it and thought it was an instant hit with all of my friends. So now I make my Nona’s Ten Cheese Manicotti with turkey and ground beef.

 

Ten Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

Ten Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

Ingredients
1 extra-large onion
6 green peppers
6 whole tomatoes
1 ½ tsp pepper
36 tomatoes, skinned
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tsp salt (add more to your taste)
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons thyme
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
12 bay leaves
5 cans tomato paste
½ lb. ground beef
½ lb. ground turkey
2 cups of each type of cheese:
Ricotta
Cheddar
Mozzarella
Provolone
Asiago
Colby
Monterey Jack
Parmesan
Fontina
Romano

Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Manicotti Noodles: Boil your noodles drain and set it aside.

Sauce: In a large pot finely chop onions and green peppers, and pepper. Then add Italian seasoning, course chops the tomato and places them in the pot tomatoes, garlic, salt, sugar, spices and onion/pepper mix. Bring to a boil, then add tomato paste, turn down heat to simmer. Remove from heat then separate into two bowls. (If you don’t have time to make your own sauce, using a jar spaghetti sauce is fine as long as you still add the garlic, peppers and seasonings).

In a separate pan, brown the turkey and beef together, drain the excess oil and add a half to each portion of the two bowls of sauce. Then add ½ cup of each cheese to one of the bowls of sauce/meat mixture. Stir until blended.

Take a deep baking dish and spread a small portion of the regular sauce (the sauce without the cheese) and place along the bottom of the baking dish.

Spread a teaspoon of each type of cheese over the bottom of the baking dish. Then take one of the manicotti noodles and hold the bottom closed. Then take a teaspoon and stuff the noodle full of the meat mixture (The sauce with the cheese, beef, and turkey) until you can’t add anymore. Place it in the baking dish until the bottom of the dish is covered. Then take the regular sauce and put a light covering on top and then sprinkle each type of cheese on top and repeat until this dish is full.

Pour the remainder of the sauce on top and add the remainder of the cheese. Place your baking dish in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted. This recipe can be made without meat for vegetarians.

Vote for this dish!

  • Carol Gopman

    The combination of the cheeses melts in your mouth, plus the wonderdful herbs and spices - – oh so yummy!

  • Carol Gopman

    The combination of the cheeses melts in your mouth, plus the wonderdful herbs and spices - – oh so yummy!

  • http://twitter.com/hodous Daniel Hodous

    Oh my lord…

  • http://twitter.com/hodous Daniel Hodous

    Oh my lord…

  • Djlawchat

    Yum!

  • Djlawchat

    Yum!

  • Eating_Machine

    Sounds delicious!!

  • Heidi Schachinger

    yummy!

  • Nanilovekids

    A good reason to go and buy all the cheese in the receipe.

  • Sherrilea

    I am going to the store in a few minutes simply to buy what I need for this dish. Frankly, I don’t think I could live without it. YUM YUM.

  • pinklady

    sounds yummy

  • Gallen112

    Reading the recipe and my mouth is watering!  Sounds delicious.

  • Gallen112

    Reading the recipe and my mouth is watering!  Sounds delicious.

  • Coffinlsnicole

    Sounds wonderful! Would love to try it!

  • Coffinlsnicole

    Sounds wonderful! Would love to try it!

  • Kimwetter

    You made my teeth sweat! Have to have!

  • Kimwetter

    You made my teeth sweat! Have to have!

  • Penny81262

    Omg that looks incredible

  • Thelma_westbrook

    How big of a pan do you need to make this in? 

  • Bklimeberry

    Looks wonderful, I would  to try this dish!
     Good Job!!!

  • Thelma_westbrook

    How big of a pan do you use to make this in? 

  • Jana

    All those cheeses make for a rare delicacy.

  • Elyse Ferdinand

    I love pasta! That looks Amazing!

  • Smhorn351

    It looks MARVELOUS !

  • Apitchnick

    Cheeses are to die for! A fine blend of ingredients to please everyone!

  • Mgudmestad

    Sounds so yummy!!!!

  • Spikered15

    All I can say is WOW so many calories and fat!  Presentation is awful also.   Very unappealing.

  • Snooker

    Did someone say heart attack on a plate?!

  • Snooker

    Did someone say heart attack on a plate?!

  • Pgary721

    Taste great i added some shallot and a little garlic

  • Diane

    sounds yummy !!!

  • Diane

    sounds yummy !!!

  • DrTrish68

    How many noodles does this fill?  One pound of meat total for all that huge amount of sauce and cheese sounds to me like you’d get about 8 or sonoodles and they’d be drowning in sauce and cheese.  Don’t misunderstand, I LOVE a good stuffed noodle dish, but this one seems a little extreme to me.  Four or five cheeses would be sufficient, I’d think.

  • Vlromaine

    One of the few dishes I havent had.

  • italianfoodlover

    Just looking at the picture gets the juices flowing. It hasto be super delicious.

  • Howard Kapp

    I love this dish and cannot get enough of it!!!!!!!

  • Tim Fihe

    wine please and anti-pasta

  • Silkpalette

    What a great story.  Sometimes mistakes are meant to happen.  But this doesn’t sound like a miss at all – except I think I would cut down on the ratio of cheese to meat.  Thanks for sharing!

  • Glen Mayer

    Really like the lasagna the best but it is not on the list to vote for. 

  • Guest

    Sometimes I wish people would let others have they’re glory, instead of being negative couch potatoes about something they are not doing. Be happy for someone else and maybe when you start to shine someone will be happy for you. Congrats to all 6 finalist…@!

  • Anonymous

     This must cost a small fortune to  make but I bet it is out of this world!

  • Jgrossk

    This is going to be sooooooo great.

  • Tyesha50

    This dish looks and sounds delicious. I hope it does make it as a keeper on your menu.

  • Tamiwheelerharris

    HARD TO DECIDE BUT THIS GETS MY VOTE

  • Joraaf

    I like it already,

  • Lennie, baby

    this sounds wonderful. cant wait to try it !!!

  • Betty

    Sounds delicious! I love manicotti! This should be the winner!

  • marjorie gordon

    awesome looks so delious  will sure order this when on our next visit

  • Tammy K

    This sounds delicious. I would love to try this. I love cheese and you can never have to much
    in my opinion. Good luck. Hope you win.

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