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A dish of baked manicotti pasta topped with melted cheese and parsley.
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Manicotti Recipe

This manicotti recipe is Italian sausage with three kinds of cheese, stuffed into pasta then covered with sauce and baked to perfection. A comfort food classic that's great for feeding a large crowd!
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Keyword manicotti
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 612kcal
Author Sara Welch

Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage hot or mild, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

For assembly

  • 2 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 12 manicotti shells
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray.

For the filling

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Place the sausage in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, breaking up the meat into small pieces.
  • Add the onions to the pan. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until onions are softened and sausage is browned and cooked through.
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Place the ricotta cheese, egg, mozzarella, parmesan, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the meat mixture to the ricotta mixture. Stir until well mixed.

For assembly

  • Cook the manicotti in salted boiling water for 1-2 minutes less than the package directions state. Drain and cool slightly.
  • Spread 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the pan.
  • Use a spoon or piping bag to fill each manicotti with the meat and cheese mixture.
  • Arrange the manicotti in a single layer in the pan. Pour the rest of the sauce over the top.
  • Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top, then bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and browned.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 676mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1178IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 522mg | Iron: 3mg