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Cheese-Stuffed Manicotti with Meat Sauce

OK OK I forgot to take pictures again, but there are leftovers so I could. If I remember...

Anyhow, who loves Italian food? Who loves cheese? And marinara sauce? And MEAT? And and and...(wiping drool) it makes a whole pan-full.

So this is certainly not a top-secret, high class recipe. It's mine. It's pretty basic. It's in the style of good ol' Sandra Lee of "Semi-homemade" fame.

1 box manicotti
1 jar marinara sauce
1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese(16 oz. or 4 cups)
1 15-oz. tub ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup water
parmesan or romano cheese (optional)

1. Boil manicotti according to package directions. This takes usually about 7 minutes to get to. Also, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. Meanwhile, brown meat until cooked through. Drain excess fat. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add mozzarella, ricotta, basil, and oregano and blend well.
4. When manicotti has fini…