Wednesday, May 25, 2016

GFP Day 31 - Manicotti With Spicy Chicken Sausage

We got some chicken sausage at Fresh Thyme market several weeks ago and decided to try it tonight. This is their spicy chicken Parmesan sausage. I decided to make manicotti. 

I took the sausage out of the casing and browned it. Smells great!

Cooked the manicotti shells and cooled them off. Mixed the spicy chicken parm sausage with a pint of ricotta cheese, 2 eggs, 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, 8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese,about a tablespoon of Italian seasoning, and a little salt & pepper. 
We'll also be using a jar of Fareway's best 3-cheese pasta sauce. 

Cover the bottom of the pan with some sauce. To fill the shells, I put the filling in a ziplock bag, get all the air out, then cut a small hole in the corner. It needs to be big enough to let the sausage chunks through. 

Fill the shells and place in the pan. 

Looks a little naked, so let's get the rest of that jar of sauce!

Top that with some Parmesan, cover with foil, and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. 

Add in some garlic bread and we're ready to dig in!

Very good dinner from the freezer. We decided next time we'll add more mozzarella to the filling so it'll have more gooey, cheesy goodness.  And the great thing is, there's enough for another pan, so I made one for the freezer that we'll have some night when we need an easy-to-make dinner. There's leftover filling to go in the freezer as well. So much for creating space!