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Manicotti Magnifico

  Sweet italian sausage links 1 Pound
  Water 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Chopped onions 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Canned tomato puree 29 Ounce (3.5 Cups 1 Can)
  Canned tomato paste 6 Ounce (2/3 Cup)
  Basil 1 3⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Manicotti pieces 8 Ounce (Uncooked)
  Ricotta cheese/Cottage cheese ricotta 2 Pound
  Shredded mozzarella cheese 8 Ounce
  Parsley 2 Tablespoon, chopped
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Tablespoon

Place sausage links and 1/4 cup water in 4-quart saucepan or dutch oven; cook, covered, 5 minutes.
Uncover; continue cooking until sausage is brown.
Drain on absorbent paper and set aside; discard drippings.
Brown ground beef and onions in the 4-quart saucepan or dutch oven.
Stir in tomato puree, tomato paste, 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon salt, the sugar, pepper and 1 cup water; simmer, covered, 45 minutes.
Cut sausage links into bite-size pieces; add to mixture and cook 15 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, cook manicotti according to package directions for about 10-minutes; drain.
(Cool in a single layer on wax paper or aluminum foil to prevent the manicotti from sticking together.) Combine ricotta or cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, parsley, remaining 3/4 teaspoon basil and 1/2 teaspoon salt for filling; stuff in cooked manicotti.
Spread thin layer of meat sauce on bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking pan; arrange manicotti in single layer over sauce.
Cover with remaining sauce; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 375° 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Bit Difficult
Main Dish

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1432 Calories from Fat 752

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 84 g130%

Saturated Fat 41.7 g208.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 277.8 mg92.6%

Sodium 2166.6 mg90.3%

Total Carbohydrates 83 g27.5%

Dietary Fiber 8.4 g33.6%

Sugars 20.8 g

Protein 90 g179.3%

Vitamin A 77.1% Vitamin C 72.8%

Calcium 89.9% Iron 55.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Manicotti Magnifico Recipe