Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Meaty Stuffed Manicotti

Living in the south, one quickly learns that the grandaddy of all cookbooks are the Southern Living Annual Recipe books.  The books are put together based off the recipes from each months magazine.  Since we are in January, I only looked through those options.  Yesterday we tried:

Meaty Stuffed Manicotti

8 oz uncooked manicotti shells
1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
1/2 pound ground beef
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
2 white bread slices, cubed
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
16 oz container small-curd cottage cheese
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 - 16 oz jars spaghetti sauce with mushrooms
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse with cold water. Drain.
  2. Remove casings from sausage, and discard. Cook sausage and beef in a large skillet, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Stir together egg and milk in a large bowl; add bread. Stir in sausage mixture, mozzarella cheese, and next 5 ingredients. Spoon into manicotti shells, and arrange in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Pour 1 1/2 jars spaghetti sauce over shells.
  4. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and pour remaining 1/2 jar spaghetti sauce over shells; sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake, uncovered, 10 more minutes.
  5. Note: Casserole may be assembled and frozen up to 1 month. Thawed in refridgerator overnight; baked, covered, at 350º for 40 minutes or until heated.
Both Doodle and I thought the filling was great!  I used ground turkey sausage and did put in extra seasoning.  There was quite a bit of liquid in the bottom of the pan, maybe because I used  non-fat milk and non-fat cottage cheese, BUT, overall this was a winner.