1 box manicotti pasta shells
1 lean ground chuck
15 ounces ricotta cheese
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1 small bunch green onions, diced
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning mix
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
2-8 ounce cans Contadina tomato sauce
1 recipe PINK ALFREDO SAUCE (recipe follows)


  • In a large skillet brown ground chuck with onions and garlic.
  • Salt and pepper generously.
  • Drain fat.
  • Add 1 can Contadina tomato sauce to meat mixture and blend well.
  • Add the ricotta cheese and herbs until well blended.
  • Prepare manicotti shells al dente according to package directions. Cool shells slightly.
  • Slice shells carefully along one edge so they resemble taco shells. Once they are cooked no one will notice that you took the easy way out to fill them.
  • In a 9×13 baking dish pour tomato sauce evenly on bottom.
  • Top with 1/3 of the grated Mozzarella cheese.
  • Fill each shell to overflowing with ricotta mixture.
  • Lay side by side on tomato sauce.
  • Top with PINK ALFREDO SAUCE and the remaining Mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 30 minutes until cheese is golden and melted.
  • Serve with Garlic Cheese Bread.

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon minced garlic, jar
1 tablespoon Classico sun-dried tomato paste
1 egg yolk, beaten
1/4 teaspoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Melt butter in a saucepan.
  • Add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  • Gradually add heavy cream, stirring constantly. Stir in salt, pepper and grated Parmesan cheese and stir constantly until melted.
  • Whisk in egg quickly and heat through.
~3 Sides of Crazy~

Thanks everyone, I hope you try it and enjoy it. Being married to an Italian has its own challenges, but especially with trying to make authentic sauces he’ll try and love. The sun-dried tomato pesto adds quite a lot of flavor to this dish and the meat gives it a bit more hearty sustenance for cooler winter meals.


I was intrigued by the pink Alfredo sauce…I love the little twist on such a wonderful sauce! And stuffed manicotti…well that was a staple in our house when I was growing up!! YUM!