Sunday, August 31, 2014
Aunt Liz's hearty manicotti
1 lb Italian sweet sausage
1 lb ground beef
1 med onion , chopped
2 16oz cans tomato purée
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp pepper
18 oz pkg of manicotti shells
4 c ricotta
18 oz pkg mozzarella cheese , diced
2 tbs chopped parsley
In covered 5- qt Dutch oven over medium heat , add 1/4 c water and cook sausage links 5 minutes . Uncover ; brown well , drain .
Spoon fat from Dutch oven ; over medium heat brown beef and onion . Stir in tomato purée , paste , sugar & pepper . Add basil , salt , and 1 c water . Simmer 30 minutes .
Cut sausage into bite size pieces and add to beef mixture . Stir occansionally. Meanwhile cook manicotti as directed on pkg . Drain water . Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl , combine ricotta, mozzarella , parsley , 3/4 tsp basil . Spoon into shells .
Then spoon half of meat sauce into 13x9 basking dish . Place half of shells over sauce in one layer . Spoon remaining sauce ( except 3/4 c ) over shells ; top with remaining shells in one layer . Spoon rest of meat sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese .
Bake until bubbly . 30 minutes .