This is my daughter Madison's favorite meal. It does take time to make and dirties a lot of dishes, but it's so worth it. I made this for Madison's 4th grade graduation suprise dinner. She will be going to Intermediate school next year and this was my way to show her how proud I am of how well she did in Elementary school. I made an amazing honeybun cake for dessert that I found over at The Country Cook. Madison really enjoyed her meal and was pleasantly surprised.
1 pkg Barilla manicotti noodles (12 noodles)
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 T dried Italian seasoning
1 lb ground Italian sausage
Preheat oven to 350. Spray a large casserole or lasagna baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook manicotti according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and coat with olive oil so they don’t stick together. Brown sausage in skillet until cooked through. Add minced garlic to pan and cook 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and let cool.
Mix 3 cups mozzarella cheese, 2 cups ricotta cheese, 1/2 c Parmesan cheese, egg, and Italian seasoning in large bowl. Add cooled sausage and stir to combine. Spread 1 cup marinara over the bottom of the baking dish. Stuff each manicotti with the cheese/sausage mixture and arrange the manicotti side by side in the dish. Cover with more marinara sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until top is golden brown and bubbly. Enjoy!