A twist on an old classic. This is kind of messy but soooo good. Looks like an appetizer but eats like a meal. The whole family loves it and the stuffed noodles can be frozen and used at a later point.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
23 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
1 hr 8 mins
Servings:
13
Yield:
26 pieces
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Ingredients

13
Original recipe yields 13 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef and Italian sausage; cook and stir until browned, about 8 minutes. Drain excess grease. Let cool slightly.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook manicotti shells in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 7 minutes. Drain.

  • Mix cooled beef and sausage, cottage cheese, 1 jar pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese together in a large bowl. Stuff shells generously with mixture.

  • Arrange stuffed shells on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Cut each shell into 2 or 3 lasagna pieces.

  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Place flour in a bowl. Beat eggs in another bowl. Pour bread crumbs onto a shallow plate.

  • Dredge stuffed lasagna pieces in flour. Dip in beaten eggs. Roll in bread crumbs until coated.

  • Fry 4 breaded lasagna pieces at a time in the hot oil until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining pieces.

  • Pour remaining jar of pizza sauce into a bowl for dipping.

Cook's Note:

Use plain or Italian-seasoned bread crumbs as desired.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

498 calories; protein 28.8g; carbohydrates 37.7g; fat 25.1g; cholesterol 97.4mg; sodium 1140.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2016
There should be a law against these! They are downright sinful! These are a bit of time and fuss but SO worth it in the end. The only bad thing I have to say about the recipe is that you end up with half of the filling leftover. So on that note I would either cut it in half or buy 2 boxes of shells. I promise you will get rave reviews from all you serve these to. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2016
This was the most time consuming appetizer I have ever made. No way would I ever make it again takes FOREVER to stuff the noodles and if don't do it perfectly the noodle splits and you start all over. The same thing with frying the noodles after freezing if the noodle too cold hard to cut if the noodle too soft impossible to deep-fry. Frying was standing over the noodle watching carefully because it burns fast. HUGE messes to clean up too. Has to be an easier way... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2016
There should be a law against these! They are downright sinful! These are a bit of time and fuss but SO worth it in the end. The only bad thing I have to say about the recipe is that you end up with half of the filling leftover. So on that note I would either cut it in half or buy 2 boxes of shells. I promise you will get rave reviews from all you serve these to. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/22/2016
This was the most time consuming appetizer I have ever made. No way would I ever make it again takes FOREVER to stuff the noodles and if don't do it perfectly the noodle splits and you start all over. The same thing with frying the noodles after freezing if the noodle too cold hard to cut if the noodle too soft impossible to deep-fry. Frying was standing over the noodle watching carefully because it burns fast. HUGE messes to clean up too. Has to be an easier way... Read More
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