Taste of Home’s Chicken & Sausage Manicotti Recipe
1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
2 medium green peppers, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
1-1/4 cups water
1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins, halved lengthwise
4 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons chicken seasoning
2 packages (8 ounces each) uncooked manicotti shells
1 pound fully cooked andouille or Italian sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cups (8 ounces ) shredded cheddar cheese
In a Dutch oven, saute the mushrooms, peppers and onions in oil until tender; add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.
Sprinkle chicken with basil and chicken seasoning. Stuff chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup sauce mixture in each of two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Arrange manicotti over sauce; sprinkle with sausage. Pour remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with cheeses.
Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 375° for 55-65 minutes or until bubbly and pasta is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
To use frozen manicotti: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 375° for 55-65 minutes or until chicken and pasta are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 2 casseroles (7 servings each).
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning. Look for it in the spice aisle.