This Butternut Manicotti Recipe is a new creation born out of my own ‘butternut inspirations’. There is always room for your own creativity, so don’t be afraid to make it your own! This recipe is lighter on the cheese than the traditional variety
1 box manicotti noodles
1 lb bulk hot Italian sausage
½ large butternut squash shredded
1 small container of ricotta cheese
1 small package of dry cheese curds
1 small onion
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
1 tsp Sea Salt
¼ tsp Red Pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 clove minced garlic
Brown sausage in medium saucepan, drain and set aside to cool. I like to run the meat through the food processor a little to create a finer consistency. Mix cheeses with diced onion and oregano in a large bowl. Add sausage, shredded butternut, and remaining seasonings. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
Prepare manicotti noodles as directed on the box. Allow to cool so that they are easier to handle. In a large cake pan, smear the bottom of the pan with a little spaghetti sauce to keep manicotti from sticking. Gently stuff manicotti noodles with stuffing mixture. Make them as full as you can without splitting the noodles! Line the stuffed manicotti in the cake pan. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the manicotti. Place in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Enjoy!