A twist on an old classic! Delicious lasagna, cut into sticks, breaded, and fried, this recipe looks like an appetizer but eats like a meal. The whole family will love it and the stuffed pasta can be frozen and used at a later point.
Ingredients (for 13 persons)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground Italian sausage
- 1 (8 ounces) package manicotti shells
- 1 (24 ounces) carton cottage cheese, drained
- 2 (16 ounces) jars pizza sauce, divided
- 1 (8 ounces) package shredded mozzarella cheese
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups bread crumbs
(Preparation time: 30 mins; Cooking time: 23 mins)
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.
Per Serving: 498 calories; 25.1 g fat; 37.7 g carbohydrates; 28.8 g protein; 97 mg cholesterol; 1141 mg sodium.
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