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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 Johnsonville® Mild Ground 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 cupful 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. 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.