10 CHEESE MANICOTTI
Maggiano's Little Italy Recipe
1 extra-large onion
6 green peppers
6 whole tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
36 tomatoes, skinned
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt (add more to your taste)
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons basil
2 tablespoons thyme
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
12 bay leaves
5 cans tomato paste
1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground turkey
2 cups of each type of cheese:
- Monterey Jack
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Manicotti Noodles: Boil your noodles drain and set it aside.
Sauce: In a large pot finely chop onions and green peppers, and pepper. Then add Italian seasoning, course chops the tomato and places them in the pot tomatoes, garlic, salt, sugar, spices and onion/pepper mix. Bring to a boil, then add tomato paste, turn down heat to simmer. Remove from heat then separate into two bowls. (If you don’t have time to make your own sauce, using a jar spaghetti sauce is fine as long as you still add the garlic, peppers and seasonings).
In a separate pan, brown the turkey and beef together, drain the excess oil and add a half to each portion of the two bowls of sauce. Then add 1/2 cup of each cheese to one of the bowls of sauce/meat mixture. Stir until blended.
Take a deep baking dish and spread a small portion of the regular sauce (the sauce without the cheese) and place along the bottom of the baking dish.
Spread a teaspoon of each type of cheese over the bottom of the baking dish. Then take one of the manicotti noodles and hold the bottom closed. Then take a teaspoon and stuff the noodle full of the meat mixture (The sauce with the cheese, beef, and turkey) until you can’t add anymore. Place it in the baking dish until the bottom of the dish is covered. Then take the regular sauce and put a light covering on top and then sprinkle each type of cheese on top and repeat until this dish is full.
Pour the remainder of the sauce on top and add the remainder of the cheese. Place your baking dish in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.