Lauren's Manicotti

by Lauren King
(Norman, OK, US)

INGREDIENTS


Manicotti Noodles

Sauce:

  • 1lb gr beef
  • 1lb sweet or mild sausage
  • 3-6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 c chopped onion
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 jars sliced mushrooms (drained)
  • Chopped parsley
  • 1tsp oregano
  • 1tsp sage
  • 1Tbsp salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

    Filling:

  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c Parmesan
  • 1 lb mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pepper

    PREPARATION

  • Brown meat in large pot with onion and garlic over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce heat to low, add tomato sauces, then add mushrooms and spices.
  • Cover and simmer for 45 minutes- 1 hour.

  • Boil manicotti noodles according to package instructions.

  • Mix up the cheese filling.
  • Drain noodles and run under cool water.
  • Put 1/2 cup of meat sauce on the bottom of baking pan. (I use 13x9)
  • Stuff each noodle totally full with cheese, and place in pan.
  • Cover with remaining meat sauce.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top if you wish.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.

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