This casserole comes from a very dear friend hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Stuffed Manicotti ( from Sis Myra Bell)
2# ground beef
1 green pepper chopped
1med onion chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 14oz cans tomatoes-crushed or stewed
1 small can tomato paste
1 jar stuffed olives-6 or 8oz
1package slivered almonds- 6-8oz
½ cup raisins
1 8oz container large curd cottage cheese
1 box manicotti shells
salt and pepper
In a large skillet brown beef until no pink shows, stir in onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook until onion looks glassy. Add remaining ingredients, cook until it begins to bubble,let cook 4-5 minutes. Set aside until cool.
Meanwhile cook manicotti according to directions on package adding 1T oil to water to keep from sticking. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Stuff with beef mixture, there will be some mixture left over so don't over stuff pasta.
Place in a large deep baking dish or 2 small/medium baking dishes. Spread extra beef mixture over top of casserole.
Bake at 350ºF uncovered for 45 minutes.
Serve with garlic bread and salad.