Slow Cooker Two-Meat Manicotti Pairing: 2020 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Tme: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 45 mins
1/2 pound medium fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 small green peppers, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound ground sirloin
3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage
2 jars (23-1/2 ounces each) Italian sausage and garlic spaghetti sauce
1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
1 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the mushrooms, peppers and onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from pan.
- In the same skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in mushroom mixture and spaghetti sauce; set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, parsley, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs and seasonings. Stuff into uncooked manicotti shells.
- Spread 2-1/4 cups sauce onto the bottom of a 6-qt. slow cooker. Arrange five stuffed manicotti shells over sauce; repeat two times, using four shells on the top layer. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until pasta is tender.