Back when I was younger, a family friend and my 2nd mother, made me Manicotti for dinner. I immediately fell in love with this dish. Over the years, I changed it just a little. Usually, by not remembering the recipe. So I kinda made my own, but one of my favorite ingredients that I always use is Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs that you can pick up right down the street at Publix.
The story of Progresso® began in the late 1800s in the small Sicilian village of Salemi, where young Giuseppe Uddo grew up surrounded by the authentic flavors and traditions of classic Italian cooking. At age 9, he quit school to help support his family by visiting nearby villages to sell olives and cheeses from a horse-drawn cart.
The Progresso Name
After World War I, Giuseppe’s operations expanded to include a factory in California, which became the first plant in the United States to make canned foods that were previously available only in Italy. Giuseppe soon partnered with his wife’s cousins and expanded from Louisiana to connect with food-loving Italian communities in New York City. They decided to name their new joint venture Progresso.
Today, more than 100 years after Giuseppe Uddo’s first journey to America, Progresso keeps finding new ways to deliver quality meals that match the unique needs of individuals and families. Progresso’s Heart Healthy soups offer tasty, ready-to-serve options for those with dietary goals. The Progresso Light line is the only soup brand endorsed by Weight Watchers. The introduction of broths and foods such as Panko bread crumbs also deliver premium ingredients for everyday cooking. In 2012, Progresso launched Recipe StartersTM cooking sauces, which give families a fast and easy way to prepare an authentically delicious meal.
Progresso Italian Style Bread Crumbs— The savory herb flavor, lightly toasted taste and finely ground texture are perfect for your favorite family recipes.
Progresso Panko Bread Crumbs— Panko is a Japanese style bread crumb with larger flakey crumbs that create a light and crunchy coating that is perfect for breading fish, poultry, pork, seafood and vegetables. It can be used to add a delicious crispy topping on baked dishes such as macaroni, casseroles and even works well on many desserts.
Big Daddy’s Spicy Meat Manicotti Made With Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs
2 Jars of Meat flavored Spaghetti Sauce
2 Pounds of Ground Beef
1 Pound of Ground Italian Sausage
2 Boxes of Manicotti Noodles
1 container of Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs
1 Large package of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 Small package of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Boil water in a large pot and add Manicotti noodles. Boil until the noodles are Al Dente.
Brown Ground Beef and Italian Sausage in a large skillet and the drain. Add 1 jar of sauce and heat. Add Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Salt to taste.
Pre heat oven to 350 while mixing ingredients.
In a mixing bowl, Add meat sauce mixture, Progresso Italian Style Breadcrumbs (to desired flavor and thickness), and small bag of cheese.
Get large casserole dish and coat the inside bottom and sides of the dish with other jar of sauce.
Stuff noodles with mix. I cheat and cut them open and then put cut side down in the casserole dish but you can spoon feed them all if you like.
pour remaining sauce from jar over the top of noodles and if there is any meat mix left spread it on thee as well.
Top with cheese and foil then pop it in the oven for 30-45 minutes.
**You may need 2 casserole dishes. Just play around with it until you get it how you like it.**
**I like to take the foil off and put oven on broil to brown cheese at the end of cook time**
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