There is something about Italians, and evidently something I like, since my husband is Italian. When I think of Italy I think of glorious food, cups of gelato, wine (mmmmm the wine), and family. While stuffing these manicotti shells with my bare hands I felt Italian for mere minutes. But a true italian would have rolled out hand made dough constructing them into beautiful manicotti shells, and would have made a home made marinara sauce allowing it to simmer to perfection for hours. This dish does not require that much time, it is great for company, it looks impressive, like you slaved away for hours in the kitchen, but it is truly simple, and truly delicious.
What you need:
14 uncooked Manicotti Shells
1lb pork bulk Italian Sausage
3/4lb Ground Beef
2 Garlic Cloves minced
2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3oz Cream Cheese cubed
1/4 teaspoon Salt
(2) 26oz jars of Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Cook Manicotti Shells according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Then place shells on a greased baking sheet to cool.
Combine the sausage, ground beef, and minced garlic in a skillet and cook until no longer pink. Drain the fat and set meat aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
Add cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt to the meat mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Spread 1/4 cup of sauce to the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan.
Gently stuff the meat and cheese mixture into the manicotti shells. This is easiest if you use your fingers.
Arrange manicotti shells in the baking pan and pour the remaining spaghetti sauce over the stuffed shells.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
Cover and bake in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 40 minutes.
Uncover and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until bubbly.
Serve with garlic bread and enjoy the fruits of your labor.