One Pot Manicotti Pasta Bake

I teamed up with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and EatWisconsinCheese.com to bring you this One Pot Manicotti Pasta Bake! I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are mine alone.

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It’s perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

I know I’ve struck gold in the kitchen when my husband asks me what I did with the leftovers.

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

As a food blogger, I cook a lot of food all the time. Luckily, my good friend Sarah takes the surplus off my hands. Nothing goes to waste. She’s a gem.

But Sarah didn’t get any of this Manicotti Pasta Bake.

You probably wouldn’t share, either. It was pretty darn good.

I started with my favorite Homemade Meat Sauce. I cut the recipe in half (that recipe makes enough for lasagna and this One Pot Pasta). I added the pasta and enough water to cook it. All in one pot, right on the stove top.

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

Then I piled on the cheese. Wisconsin cheese, the very best stuff, and lots of it. Wisconsin ricotta, Wisconsin mozzarella, and Wisconsin parmesan. Dollop, sprinkle, then bake until hot and bubbly.

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

And that’s it! Serve up giant bowls of the stuff, go back for seconds, and hide your leftovers. (Just kidding, Sarah. I’ll make you a batch!)

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One Pot Manicotti Pasta Bake

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 45 min

Total Time: 50 min

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces Wisconsin ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces shredded Wisconsin mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded Wisconsin parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large oven-safe pot, cook beef and onion over medium heat until mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in water, pasta, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, fennel, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
  4. Drop large spoonfuls of ricotta on top of pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Inspired by my recipe for Homemade Meat Sauce.
This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

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7 comments

  1. jackpot! LOVE this idea!

  2. Love that you cooked this all in one pot, Meggan, and added SO MUCH CHEESE! Really, how can you go wrong? :-)

  3. Bowls of this sounds like the perfect amount!!!

  4. Wow!! I absolutely adore cheese so loving this dish!! And looks so easy as well!! 

  5. Oh damn Meggan this looks so superb!  Seriously!  Ricotta in there with the Mozz… I’m dying,  This is TOO good!

  6. Tomato paste? I see it in the directions but not the ingredient list. How much?

    • Hi Mary! Sorry about that, the tomato paste is a typo. I copied the sauce recipe from my original Homemade Meat Sauce recipe, but I left the paste out in this version when I made it because it wasn’t necessary. I was looking for a slightly looser sauce since I was cooking the pasta in it. Sorry for the confusion, I hope this makes sense, and thanks for letting me know.

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