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Mexican Manicotti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 manicotti shells
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 (8 ounce) can picante or taco sauce
  • 8 ounces dairy sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallion
  • 1/4 cup sliced, pitted ripe olives
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Combine ground beef, refried beans, oregano and cumin; mix well. Fill UNCOOKED manicotti shells with meat mixture. Arrange in a 10 x 6 x 2-inch baking dish.
  2. Combine water and picante sauce or taco sauce; pour over manicotti shells. Cover with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 325 degrees F for at least one hour until pasta is tender.
  4. Combine sour cream, scallion and olives. Spoon down the center of the casserole; top with cheese.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  6. Microwave instructions: After pouring water and sauce over shells, cover with vented plastic wrap.
  7. Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes, half-turning the dish once.
  8. Using tongs, turn shells over.
  9. Cook, covered, on MEDIUM for 17 to 19 minutes or until pasta is tender, giving dish a half-turn once.
  10. Combine sour cream, scallion and olives. Spoon down center of casserole; top with cheese.
  11. Cook, uncovered, on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts.

Makes 4 servings.

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