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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

30 mins
23 mins
15 mins
1 hr 8 mins
26 pieces


Original recipe yields 13 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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