Prep 30 mins
Cook 50 mins
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe and she recommends using jumbo shells instead of using the manicotti shells because she thinks they're easier. I prefer the manicotti shells because I know it is easier to stuff manicotti than shells. You just have to know how to do it! This recipe originally came from "Taste of Home" and they recommend pre-cooking the pasta (whether you use shells or manicotti). I don't bother to pre-cook them, and this recipe cooks up wonderfully anyway! I like the fact that it doesn't call for cottage cheese or ricotta cheese as I don't always have them on hand, but I usually have some cream cheese!
- 14 manicotti, uncooked
- 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
- 1⁄2 lb ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cubed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
- 1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- In large skillet cook the sausage, beef, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from heat, and cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir the mozzarella, cream cheese and salt into the meat mixture.
- Spread 2 cups spaghetti sauce in bottom of a greased 9-in. by 13-in. baking dish. Stuff each shell with about 1/4 cup of meat mixture; arrange over sauce. If you have any filling left, just sprinkle over the top of the shells.
- Pour remaining sauce over top and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees (F) for 40-50 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly.