Monday, September 13, 2010

A Favorite Recipe

This is one of our new favorite dishes. It is one of those rare dishes we all love -even Cadence! I usually fix half a recipe for the three of us, and we have leftovers for lunch the next day, so if you make a full recipe, be prepared to do a lot of eating!

Manicotti al Forno
a.k.a. Yummy Cheesy Saucy Pasta Goodness

12 manicotti shells
1 lb bulk Italian sausage
2 large garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano
26 oz pasta sauce
1 can diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, drained
1 egg
15 oz ricotta cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 350F. Cook pasta shells; drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, garlic and oregano over medium heat 8-10 minutes, strring occasionally; drain. Stir in sauce and tomatoes. Spread 1 cup sauce in large baking dish. Beat egg, stir in cheese. Spoon mixture into plastic bag, clip hole in corner and squeeze cheese into shells. Arrange shells over sauce, pour remaining sauce over shells. Cover with foil; bake 35-40 minutes. Top with extra mozzarella. Bake 5-10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 50 min. Serves: 6 Main Ingredients: Cheeses/Sausage

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