Fried Lasagna Bites

Total Time:
35 min
10 min
25 min

4 to 6 servings

  • 14 to 16 manicotti shells
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for frying
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 white onion, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound shredded mozzarella
  • 1 quart cottage cheese, strained
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the pasta, cook for 6 minutes, then drain and spread out on a sheet pan to cool.

  • Heat a large saute pan with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage, ground beef and onions; saute for 3 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, basil and black pepper. Cook for about 8 more minutes, until the meat has browned. Stir in 1/2 cup of canned tomato sauce and cook until heated through. Set mixture aside to cool in a large bowl.

  • Add the rest of the canned sauce into saute pan and stir in the red pepper flakes.

  • Fold the mozzarella and cottage cheese and into the cooled meat mixture. Stuff each cannelloni shell with the meat mixture and then place the shells in the freezer for 5 minutes to firm up. When ready to fry, slice shells into thirds.

  • Preheat oil to 350 degrees F.

  • Place the flour, eggs and bread crumbs into separate bowls.

  • Dredge the shells in the flour, then eggs, and then bread crumbs.

  • Fry the bites until they are golden brown and crispy; about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve with the spicy tomato sauce.

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