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Meaty Manicotti Recipe

Meaty Manicotti Recipe

This simple dish has been very popular at family gatherings and potlucks. You can assemble it ahead of time. —Lori Thompson, New London, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 45 min. YIELD:7 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 3. Stuff each shell with about 1/4 cup meat mixture; arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 507 calories, 26 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 90 mg cholesterol, 1,265 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.