Three Cheese Manicotti with Meat Sauce

Photo by Bren O.
Adapted from keyingredient.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from keyingredient.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    lb ground beef

  • 1/2

    medium size onion chopped

  • 1

    lb ground sausage

  • 1

    (8 oz) pkg Manicotti noodles

  • 1

    (15 oz) container Cottage Cheese

  • 1

    lb freshly grated Mozzerella Cheese (about 4 cups)

  • 3

    oz finely, freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3/4 cup)

  • 1

    cup cheddar cheese

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1 1/2

    Tbsp dried parsley

  • 1/4

    tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    jar spaghetti sauce or 1 Recipe Marinara Sauce

  • Marinara Sauce:

  • 1/3

    cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 2

    (28 oz) cans crushed Roma tomatos

  • 1

    Tbsp dried basil

  • 1

    tsp dried parsley

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions listed on package and drain. In the meantime prepare Manicotti filling, in a large mixing bowl, using a fork blend together Ricotta cheese, eggs, parsley and pepper. Stir in cheeses and mix until well blended. Divide cheese mixture evenly among the 14 manicotti noodles stuffing each one full (hold one hand over the bottom opening of the manicotti noodle, then press cheese mixture into the noodle and slightly pack it in until the cheese mixture fills to opposite end). Align noodles in a single layer in a 13x9 baking dish. Brown meat in large frying pan with chopped onion Add spaghetti or marinara sauce. Pour marinara sauce evenly over filled manicotti noodles. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm. *Marinara Sauce* Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, simmer 20 minutes (do this while preparing the manicotti filling and pasta).

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