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Manicotti is pasta stuffed with sausage and cheese, topped with a creamy tomato sauce and then baked into the most delicious Italian dinner. A family favorite meal that’s perfect for entertaining guests.

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Serve stuffed manicotti with air fryer breadsticks and a green salad for a comforting and delicious dinner that everyone is sure to love. 

Sausage & Cheese Stuffed Manicotti

 

Ingredients for Manicotti:

Ingredients for manicotti

  • Manicotti Shells
  • Sausage (Italian or Ground Pork Sausage)
  • Ricotta Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Roasted Tomato Sauce
  • Heavy Cream

How to Make Manicotti:

cooked and crumbled sausage in a skillet

  • Cook the sausage, crumbling to brown on all sides, drain and set aside.

diced onions cooked in a saucepan

  • Add olive oil and onions to a pan and cook until onions are softened.

tomato sauce in a pan with garlic, salt and pepper

  • Stir in tomato sauce, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until sauce starts to bubble. 

Adding cream to tomato sauce in a pan with wooden spoon

  • Stir in cream and remove from heat. 

cooked manicotti pasta on a sheet pan

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook manicotti in batches, about 6 minutes. Remove from water to a sheet pan. Pasta will finish cooking in the oven. 

 

creamy tomato sauce in pan for manicotti

  • Spoon about 1 1/2 cups of sauce into the bottom of a 10 x 15 baking dish. 

Bowl of sausage, cheeses and spices for manicotti filling

  • In a bowl, add sausage, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan cheese, eggs, garlic, thyme, basil, salt and pepper.

sausage and cheese filling for manicotti in a blue bowl

  • Mix to combine.

hand holding manicotti shell stuffed with sausage and cheese

  • Stuff pasta shells with sausage and cheese mixture using a spoon. Filling can also be piped in with a piping bag if you prefer.

Stuffed manicotti shells in a baking dish over creamy tomato sauce

  • Place stuffed shells into sauce in a single layer.Baking dish with creamy tomato sauce over manicotti
  • Pour remaining sauce over shells.

shredded cheese sprinkled over pan of manicotti

  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. 

Baked Manicotti

  • Bake for 40 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. 

Pan of baked manicotti

Recipe Variations:

Substitute sausage with ground beef or omit the meat and just stuff the manicotti with the cheese mixture. 

Mix in vegetables like spinach or kale to the cheese mixture. 

How to Store and Reheat:

Store manicotti wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator up to 4 days. 

Reheat manicotti in a 325° oven for about 30 minutes, covered with foil or microwave about 2-3 minutes per manicotti. 

Plated manicotti with a breadstick, salad and pan of manicotti in background

For another Italian inspired dinner, try this easy Chicken Parmesan. It comes together really quickly and the whole family will love it.

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Plated manicotti stuffed with sausage and cheese

Add this baked manicotti to your dinner menu the next time you are craving Italian food. It’s so hearty and delicious and is always a hit with our entire family. 

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Yield: 8 servings

Manicotti

Manicotti on a plate with a breadstick

Manicotti is pasta stuffed with sausage and cheese, topped with a creamy tomato sauce and then baked into the most delicious Italian dinner. A family favorite that's perfect for entertaining guests.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

for the filling

  • 1 pound sausage (Italian or Pork Sausage)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 eggs

for the sauce

for the pasta

  • 8 ounces manicotti pasta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cook sausage, crumbling as it cooks until well browned. Drain excess grease and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, In another pan, cook diced onion in olive oil over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons of granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Stir in cream and remove from heat.
  5. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook manicotti in batches, cooking about 6 minutes. Remove from water with tongs and set aside on a sheet pan in a single layer. Pasta will finish cooking in the oven.
  6. Spoon about 1 1/2 cups of sauce into the bottom of a 10 x 15 baking dish.
  7. Mix filling together by combining cooked sausage, ricotta cheese, 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, 1 cup of shredded Parmesan, eggs, 2 teaspoons of granulated garlic, thyme, basil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  8. Use a spoon to stuff shells with filling, laying stuffed shells into baking dish over sauce.
  9. Pour remaining sauce over stuffed shells.
  10. Top with remaining 2 cups of shredded mozzarella.
  11. Bake, uncovered for 40 - 45 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Store leftovers covered in plastic wrap in refrigerator up to 4 days.

Reheat in a 325° oven for about 30 minutes. If stored in a glass baking dish, transfer to a different pan before reheating.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 551Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 157mgSodium: 1639mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 30g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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