by Lauren King
(Norman, OK, US)
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)
1/4 tsp thyme
1 bay leaf
2 Tbsp sugar
1 container ricotta cheese
1/2 c Parmesan
1 lb mozzarella
2 Tbsp dried parsley
2 beaten eggs
1 tsp salt
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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