Psst....you want to know a secret about me?
I really don't like pasta.
Don't tell my kids. They absolutely LOVE the stuff. Whether it's Hamburger Helper pasta, spaghetti, chicken Alfredo, or this Cannelloni recipe.
They don't care. They could eat the stuff everyday.
I try very hard not to let them know how much I dislike the stuff, so when they ask for the same meal every single meal planning round...I try to come up with different ways to spread out the pasta over kill.
Making Cannelloni for dinner is one of my favorite ways. Because despite everything, I do like this dinner.
I can't explain why. Maybe it's the cheese. Maybe its the sauce. Maybe it's the meat. I don't know. All I know is that I happily add it to the menu whenever I can get away with it.
If you are looking for a new recipe for dinner that's a lot easier than it looks or sounds, and is a lot yummier than the same old pasta for dinner, check out this yummy pasta dinner recipe that will have you and the kids licking their plates.
To make cannelloni, you'll need
1 lb of Ground hamburger
1 lb of Italian sausage
1 jar of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
2 jars of Ragu Alfredo Sauce
1 box of Manicotti shells
1 cup of shredded cheese (I like the fiesta blend from Walmart)
Start by browning your hamburger and sausage together in a sauce pan until thoroughly cooked.
While that is going, fill a pot with water and bring it to boil. Dump your Manicotti shells into the pot and cook at 3/4 of the recommended cooking time on the box. (Usually about 6 minutes.)
When your meat mixture is cooked, drain any grease from the pan. Pour in a jar of your favorite Ragu Spaghetti sauce. Mix the sauce and meat together and remove from the stove top to cool.
After the recommended cooking time of your noodles, drain them and set aside to cool.
While your meat mixture and noodles are cooling off, add 2 jars of Ragu Alfredo sauce and 1 cup of shredded cheese to a medium size sauce pan. On medium heat, warm the cheeses up so they melt together. Be sure to stir constantly so the Alfredo sauce doesn't burn. Once the cheese is melted, remove from heat and set aside.
By now your meat sauce and shells should be cool enough to touch without burning your fingers off (trust me that hurts....) Take one shell and use the bottom of a 13x9 inch casserole pan to block the end by holding the shell at an angle. Fill the shell with the meat and spaghetti sauce using a spoon.
You should be able to get all 14 of the pasta shells into the pan if you cut the last one in half.
Pour your cheese sauce on to the cannelloni shells so they are completely covered.
At this point, you can make this recipe into a Freezer dinner by placing the dish into the freezer. Or you can cook right now for a yummy dinner.
If you are eating this for dinner tonight, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
If your dinner is straight from the freezer, bake at 400 degrees for 90 minutes.
When it's ready, pull out, top with some yummy Parmesan cheese and serve with a side salad for a delicious dinner recipe that you and your kids will love (after all, what kind doesn't like a huge filled spaghetti noodle?)
So what is your favorite pasta dinner recipe. I would love some new ones to try and hopefully find a few more that I can enjoy too!