Saturday, October 11, 2008

Meat Filled Manicotti

This is one of Honey's favorite Italian meals. It's a little time consuming but absolutely worth it!

14 manicotti shells
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
3/4 t dried oregano
1/2 t salt
1/8 t pepper
1 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Cool in single layer on foil or waxed paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, brown meat and drain. Stir together 1 cup mozzarella cheese, eggs, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, onion, oregano, salt and pepper. Fill each cooled pasta tube with about 1/4 cup meat filling. Spread thin layer of sauce on bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish sprayed with Pam. Place filled pasta in prepared dish; cover with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese and additional Parmesan cheese if desired. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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