Inside Out Sausage & Cheese Manicotti : Meals Made Easy
Here is the recipe I promised last week of Manicotti using Cheese sticks. The prep time is about 15-20 minutes which is considerably less than the usual 40-60 minutes in a regular Manicotti dish. It looks a bit messy when its done but it sure taste good.
1 pckg Manicotti 1 pckge Sausage or Turkey Sausage Links
1 pckg of Mozzarella sticks
1 pckge of Marble Jack cheses sticks
1 pckg shredded Mozza
2 jars of Pasta Sauce ( i used Prego Meat flavored and Prego 3 cheese)
1 Container of Ricotta Cheese
1 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Garlic
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
Preheat oven to 350* . Cook manicotti according to pckge directions. Meanwhile cut up the sausage into bite size pieces. Remove your cheese sticks from the individually wrapped packaging, set aside.
In a bowl mix Ricotta with Sausage Bits, 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella and oregano , garlic an Italian seasoning.
Remove Manicotti from the stove. Drain. Set aside
Use half of 1 jar of pasta and spread over the bottom of your baking pan/dish.
"Stuff" the Manicotti with 1 each of the cheese sticks or 1 cheese stick if you prefer. And place all in a single layer in the pan.
Cover the Manicotti with the other half of the Jar of pasta sauce. Spread over evenly.
Then drop evenly, spoonfuls of the ricotta/meat mixture over the manicotti shells. And top with remaining jar of Pasta sauce. Be sure to spread evenly over the mixture.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from oven for just a minute, sprinkle 1 cup of the Shredded Mozzarella and some parmesan over the casserrole and bake for 20 minutes more
I like making casseroles because you can be doing other things while they bake in the oven, just don't forget to set that timer.
Keep it easy! Yvonne D.
Added Jan. 4, 2015c