Oh my goodness...you MUST try this recipe!! I made it this past weekend and was surprised at how good it was. It is super easy (like most recipes I try!) and SO unbelievably good!! Seriously, put this on your menu for next week!
14 uncooked manicotti shells
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
3/4 pound ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 package cream cheese, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Remove from heat. Cool for 10 minutes.
Drain shells and rinse in cold water. Put mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and salt into a bowl. Stir the meat mixture into the cheese mixture.
Spread 2 cups spaghetti sauce in a greased 13X9 inch baking dish. Stuff each shell with about 1/4 cup meat mixture; arrange over sauce. (This takes a little bit of time and several of my shells tore so bad I couldn't use them.) Pour remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.