Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sausage Manicotti

In this digital age, it is so easy just to snap pictures all the time, view them on social media and so forth, without having any hard copies. I think it is important to have hard copies of your favorite memories. We have many many scrapbooks full of the past and I want to continue that for the future. There is something romantic about spending time looking through books together that are filled with your own memories. 
Romantic Tip: Fill a scrapbook with souvenirs and special mementos of your times together, such as concert ticket stubs, a napkin from a restaurant where you had a special evening together, romantic photos, etc.

I have been making Manicotti for years. I actually can remember the first time. I was in College watching the movie "Summer School". One of the characters had a crush on their teacher and when he came home, she was in his kitchen cooking dinner. He said: "Smells good, what is it?" she said "yum... Manicotti!" I had not ever had Manicotti before and did not know what it was. So I looked it up and made it the next week. This is how my cooking has always been. Don't be afraid if you have not had it before. It is a full on winner! Winner Winner Manicotti for dinner!

Sausage Manicotti

1/2 lb italian sausage (use hot if you like spice)
1 Tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp italian seasoning
3 garlic cloves minced
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
7 Manicotti noodles
Marinara Sauce

Remove the casings from your sausage.
Add oil, Italian seasoning, garlic, onion, and sausage to a large skillet.
Cook on medium heat until sausage is browned and cooked through.
Set aside to cool while you cook your noodles.
Cook noodles according to package directions.
Drain and put on foil to cool and dry.
Once Sausage mixture is room temperature, add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, and egg. Stir to combine.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
When noodles are cool enough to handle, stuff them carefully with the sausage cheese mixture using a small spoon, stuff each noodle one by one.
Add your stuffed noodles to a baking dish. 
Top your noodles with marinara sauce and sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese.
Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and cook for 10 more.

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