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Chicken & Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Chicken & Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Here's a scrumptious meal-in-one the whole gang will love. For a change, try it with ground turkey or beef instead of the sausage. —Fran Scott, Birmingham, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing YIELD:14 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins, halved lengthwise
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons chicken seasoning
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1 pound fully cooked andouille or Italian sausage links, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces ) shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute the mushrooms, peppers and onions in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in spaghetti sauce and water.
  • 2. Sprinkle chicken with basil and chicken seasoning. Stuff chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup sauce mixture in each of two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Arrange manicotti over sauce; sprinkle with sausage. Pour remaining sauce over top; sprinkle with cheeses.
  • 3. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Cover and bake the remaining casserole at 375° for 55-65 minutes or until bubbly and pasta is tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • 4. To use frozen manicotti: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 375° for 55-65 minutes or until chicken and pasta are tender. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 2 casseroles (7 servings each).
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning. Look for it in the spice aisle.

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed manicotti equals 499 calories, 21 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 1,324 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 34 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.