Dutch Oven Manicotti is a fancy Italian dish that you can prepare in a dutch oven. It doesn’t require advanced cooking skills or special ingredients but it is labor-intensive. All of the ingredients can be bought in your local supermarket and you just need to be prepared before you go camping. Let’s get straight to the recipe.
Dutch Oven Manicotti
- 3 lb ground beef
- 30 manicotti noodles uncooked.
- 1/2 loaf of bread broken into pieces
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- 1 t. garlic powder
- Ragu spaghetti sauce or some by your liking
Use fresh / stale bread rather than bread crumbs because you have to stuff the mix into raw uncooked manicotti shells which are rather brittle.
Mix raw meat, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 t. garlic powder (not garlic salt) by hand until combined. Maybe 1/2 cup water to thin this load.
Stuff into the shells; lay shells into DO.
Pour in 1 cup water.
Cover the load lightly with good brand of spaghetti sauce - I used Ragu.
Place remainder of meat mixture (if any) on top, add 1/2 cup of water to remaining spaghetti sauce, rinse out the jar, pour contents on top. Cover with 1/4" coating of parmesan.
Cover, bake an hour and 15 minutes with 18-20 charcoal on top, 10 on bottom.
Rotate pot 1/3 turn every 30 minutes; rotate the lid another 1/3 turn at the same time.
Test noodles; should be tender when using a fork; when noodles are done, eat.
. May require another 15-30 minutes to finish cooking the noodles. Check heat; add perhaps 4-5 top, perhaps 2-3 bottom after 1 hour.
This one is labor-intensive. Allow perhaps 1/2 hour and two people for noodle stuffing.
Image by Flickr/alanagkelly