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Deep-Fried Lasagna Pieces


"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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1 h 8 m servings 498 cals
Original recipe yields 13 servings (26 pieces)

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Mix cooled beef and sausage, cottage cheese, 1 jar pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese together in a large bowl. Stuff shells generously with mixture.
  4. Arrange stuffed shells on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, 15 to 20 minutes. Cut each shell into 2 or 3 lasagna pieces.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Place flour in a bowl. Beat eggs in another bowl. Pour bread crumbs onto a shallow plate.
  7. Dredge stuffed lasagna pieces in flour. Dip in beaten eggs. Roll in bread crumbs until coated.
  8. Fry 4 breaded lasagna pieces at a time in the hot oil until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  9. 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

Per Serving: 498 calories; 25.1 g fat; 37.7 g carbohydrates; 28.8 g protein; 97 mg cholesterol; 1141 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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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 ...

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...