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my manicotti

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Sheri Zarnick
Union Lake, MI

I love cooking different dishes, and I made this my own due to my taste. If you don't care for the traditional manicotti, or just want something a little different, give this one a try.

(1 rating)
yield 5 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 55 Min

Ingredients For my manicotti

  • 10
    manicotti shells, uncooked
  • 1/2 lb
    each of pork sausage, italian sausage, and lean ground beef
  • 1 c
    red & green peppers mixed, chopped fine
  • 1 md
    red onion, chopped fine
  • 2 lg
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder with parsley
  • 1 tsp
    basil, dried
  • 1 tsp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 c
    ricotta cheese
  • 1 c
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese
  • 1 pkg
    mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 can
    your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tsp
    horseradish (sold in dairy area in a jar, not the white sauce)

How To Make my manicotti

  • 1
    cook manicotti according to package directions. While that cooks fry all the meats together in a skillet over medium heat. Add salt & pepper, oregano,peppers, onions,and garlic. Drain fat. Let cool.
  • 2
    Drain Manicotti, set aside to cool. Meat should be cool enough to put in a food processor and chop to blend.
  • 3
    In a mixing bowl add cream cheese, ricotta cheese, 1 tsp garlic powder,basil,1/2 bag of Mozzarella cheese, 1/2 the meat mixture, parmesan cheese,and horseradish. Beat with a mixer on medium speed. Beat eggs in last until well blended.
  • 4
    In a sauce pan heat up sauce with the remaining meat mixture. Spread 1/2 the sauce on the bottom of your 13x9x2" baking dish.
  • 5
    Stuff cheese mixture into manicotti shells. Place stuffed shells in baking dish. Top shells with remaining sauce.
  • 6
    cover and bake at 350^ for 35-40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • 7
    * I like to use a package of spinach. thawed and squeeze dried and chopped in the cheese mixture.

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