“This recipe was found on allrecipes and submitted by Behr Kleine. I did alter the recipe to fit my family's taste. The recipe as posted did not include the meats or fennel. The ground beef and Italian sausage gives the sauce more substance and taste and the fennel seed gives it that real Italian flavor. I love manicotti and this recipe is just as good without all the work of stuffing the shells. Easy to assemble and very tasty!! Not sure of prep time”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook pasta according to directions; drain.
  2. In a large skillet, brown together ground beef, Italian sausage, onion and garlic; drain.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, fennel seed and salt.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to moderately low.
  5. Simmer, covered, for 20 mins.
  6. In a medium bowl, blend together ricotta, mozzarella, egg, black pepper and nutmeg.
  7. Cover the bottom of a 2-1/2 quart baking dish with about 1 cup of the meat sauce.
  8. Layer with half of the ziti, half of the cheese mixture, 2 more cups of the meat sauce and remaining ziti.
  9. Top with remaining cheese mixture and meat sauce.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is melted.

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a