- 14 uncooked manicotti shells
- 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
- 3/4 pound ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Remove from the heat. Cool for 10 minutes.
- Drain shells and rinse in cold water. Stir the mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and salt into meat mixture. Spread 2 cups spaghetti sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
- Stuff each shell with about 1/4 cup meat mixture; arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.
Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°. Yield: 7 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Meaty Manicotti
"Very good! My husband liked this a lot too. Great for 2 people. I divided into three small pans. We enjoyed one pan for dinner and I have two meals ready to go in the freezer!"
"Easy and delicious."
"One big step saver, I do not boil the noodles. Follow the directions, add 1 cup of water to dish, cover and bake."
"This is a good crowd-pleasing recipe. It is very cheesy and the cream cheese in the mixture is a nice touch. I made the recipe exactly as written as I am a true believer in not being critical of a recipe until you try it as written. However, since I'm not a huge fan of prepared spaghetti sauce I think a homemade tomato sauce would send this recipe over the top (if you have time to prepare it). Having said that - the recipe is very nice the way it is."
"This recipe was fantastic. I will make this again soon. Easy and delicious!"
"I made this last night and it was incredible!! I did exactly per the recipe and had some extra meat left over after stuffing the 14 manicotti shells, so I just put it over the manicotti in the pan before baking since I didn't have any shells left. I will definitely make this again and again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"
"This is magnificent!!!!! I will definitely make it again. I have already been asked to share the recipe with 3 other people and I just made it two days ago! :) I did make one adjustment...I don't care for sausage so I just used hamburger. Awesome!!!"
"Very good and a keeper. First, be prepared to have at least 20 manicotti noodles ready to fill with this recipe. Also with more filled manicotti I suggest 6 cups of sauce. (I like to completely cover the manicotti before putting in oven to keep noodles from being too hard). I use a baby spoon to stuff and this is a perfect size and keeps from splitting. Also, parboil your manicotti (about 5 mins). (This helps to keep from tearing while filing, trust me.) I divided my 20 filled manicotti into to 2 casserole dishes. One cooked and one I froze. I went to my butcher and bought their store made sweet Italian sausage and removed them from their casings before frying. Also, you really don't need any salt since it's in the sausage and spaghetti sauce. I doubled the garlic and added black pepper on top before baking."
"A favorite at our home! I prefer cooking andstuffing jumbo shells instead of the manicotti. Shells are so much easier."
"This was excellent!! I added a few extra seasonings. For those that commented on how hard it was to stuff, I always split the manicotti down the middle, put the filling in and fold back together. Then just place seem side down. Been doing this for years and always turns out great!"