We have five school-aged children, ranging in age from 8 to 15. They all couldn't get enough of this dish! It is definitely a keeper and will be making again. My husband & I loved it as well. A very rich dish, but many wonderful flavors. I followed the recipe exactly, taking the advice of some other reviews and making the cream sauce and manicotti noodles(undercooking by just about a minute so they wouldn't tear as easily) ahead of time so it would come together more quickly later on. A bit time consuming, but no level of difficulty. Delicious!
Meaty Cheese Manicotti
An 8-ounce package of manicotti shells has 14 shells; a couple may break, so we count on using 12 shells in this recipe.
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Bake: 30 Minutes
Broil: 3 Minutes
- 1 (8-ounce) package uncooked manicotti shells
- 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
- 1/2 pound ground round
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 cups whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, drained
- 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water. Drain. Place in a single layer on a wire rack; set aside.
- Remove casings from sausage, and discard. Cook sausage, ground round, and onion in a large skillet, stirring until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
- Add wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits; bring to a boil. Add whipping cream and next 3 ingredients; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; cover and set aside.
- Combine meat mixture, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Spoon mixture evenly into 12 manicotti shells; arrange shells in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
- Bake, covered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and pour cream mixture evenly over shells; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10 more minutes. Broil, 5 1/2 inches from heat, 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned.
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