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Manicotti with veggie sausage

Posted Jan 22 2011 12:45am
I had a large tub of left-over ricotta from my ravioli experiment.  I wanted to make a vegetarian lasagna, but the grocery store below my house only sold whole wheat lasagna noodles - which I don't like.  So, instead I made manicotti.  I loved manicotti when I was younger.  I am not a huge fan of it anymore, but Brent (husband) loves pasta, tomato sauce and cheese, so this dish was ideal for him. I know what your thinking, that's super nice of me to make his favorite dish.  If you think that's nice, I also brought it over to his office for dinner.  Sometimes it amazes me how domesticated I have become.

1 box of manicotti shells
4 cups of tomato sauce
1 large tub ricotta cheese (2 lbs)
1 package of frozen spinach (squeeze out all the excess water)
1 cup shredded Parmasen cheese
3/4 cup feta cheese
1 egg
6  small veggie sausages
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.  Once boiling, add 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Place the manicotti shells in the water and boil until tender but firm. Remove pasta from water and set to the side.

2. Fry the sausage until golden brown.  Mix ricotta, eggs, sausage, spinach, feta cheese, garlic, and salt and pepper in a bowl.

3. Fill the manicotti one by one with the filling.  Place each manicotti in a baking dish.  Once all the manicotti are stuffed, cover with the tomato sauce.  Bake in the oven at 350 F for 30 minutes. Sprinkle the Parmasen cheese on top and bake for an additional 10 minutes.  Enjoy!
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