Sausage Manicotti

I’m always up for trying something new and found this recipe in one of my mom’s old cookbooks.  We had it last night for dinner and it turned out really well.  This is definitely something you could do the night before and then throw in the oven when you get home from work (or double the recipe and freeze the filled shells).

SAUSAGE MANICOTTI (serves 7)

  • 1 lb. pork sausage (I used Italian for a little more flavor)
  • 2 cups 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 8 oz. package manicotti shells
  • 1 26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce (I used canned Hunts garlic flavor and needed 1 1/2 cans)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine uncooked pork sausage and cottage cheese in a large resealable bag.  Release as much air as possible and seal the bag.  Mix ingredients by squeezing and flipping the bag around until everything looks well mixed.

Cut off a small corner of the bottom of the bag and pipe into uncooked manicotti shells.  Make sure that you completely fill the shells as the meat does shrink a little once it is cooked.

Place filled shells into a greased 9×13 pan and cover shells with sauce.  Cover pan with foil and bake for about 60 minutes.  Remove foil, spread mozzarella over top and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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