Manicotti for Two Recipe
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Manicotti for Two Recipe

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Manicotti shells are filled with a three-cheese mixture, when topped with store-bought spaghetti sauce beefed up with flavorful sausage. Enjoy them with sliced canned pears and frozen garlic bread...or accompany the entree with steamed fresh green beans and warm Italian bread.
Recommended: Homemade Pasta Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 4 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1-1/2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 690 calories, 37g fat (19g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 1807mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 4g fiber), 43g protein.


  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce.
  2. Drain manicotti and rinse with cold water. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Carefully stuff manicotti. Place in a greased small baking dish. Top with sausage mixture.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake 3-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Manicotti for Two in Quick Cooking July/August 2003, p51

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 127997
Reviewed May. 4, 2012 Edited Nov. 23, 2013

"5/4/12 Very tasty italian dish. I didn't have ricotta cheese so I substituted with fat free cottage cheese. Also, I didn't have italian sausage so I used leftover meatballs. Even with those changes it turned out really good. 11/23/2013

Update: I made this tonight and instead of placing the sausage on the top, I cut down on some of the cheese and mixed the sausage in with the cheese and spices mixture. I piped the manicotti using my Wilton plastic pipping bag and large end tip. My husband also really liked this variation, this time I did use fat free ricotta. ."

Chasereiser User ID: 132453 135384
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"I made this for a party and everyone raved!!!!"

Librachild User ID: 4284083 140256
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2009

"Can't thank you enough so I may enjoy Manicotti again just for me!!!!!!!!! I'll freeze the other two for another time."

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