Thursday, March 21, 2013


makes six servings 

12 manicotti shells, uncooked
4 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 8 oz. package neufchatel cheese, softened
1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil and oregano leaves
1 24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese 

Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook pasta as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat 4 to 5 min or until crisp. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from skillet, reserving drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add onions and garlic to drippings; cook and stir 2 min. Add ground beef; cook and stir 6 to 7 min. or until no longer pink. Stir in bacon, Neufchatel, spinach, mozzarella and herbs. Drain shells; fill with meat mixture. Pour 1 cup sauce into bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish; top with shells. Add water to spaghetti sauce jar. Cover with lid and shake jar. Pour water over shells; cover with foil. Bake 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 35 min. Top with Parmesan.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Kraft Foods, Three Lakes Drive, Northfield, Illinois 60093

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