Sausage Manicotti Recipe
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Sausage Manicotti Recipe

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This classic Italian entree comes together in a snap, but tastes like it took hours. It's so tasty and easy to fix. My family always enjoys it. —Carolyn Henderson, Maple Plain, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

489 calories: 2 pieces , 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1232mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, combine sausage and cottage cheese. Stuff into uncooked manicotti shells. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with marinara sauce.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of a shell reads 160°.
  3. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 8-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
    Freeze option: Transfer individual portions of cooled manicotti to freezer containers; freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a microwave-safe dish and microwave on high, stirring occasionally and adding a little spaghetti sauce if necessary.
    Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Manicotti in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, 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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Reviewed Apr. 8, 2016

"I made these tonight. This was my first time ever making stuffed manicotti, and I have to say they were fantastic. The recipe is simple, minimal ingredients and a lot of taste. I used uncooked italian pork sausage and ricotta cheese as others suggested. I may use 1/2 italian sausage, 1/2 ground beef or pork next time tho as I'm usually not a huge fan of italian sausage, but even still they were tasty and will definitely make them again. I also may split them into 2 8x8 pans instead of a 13x9, my manicotti package had 16 shells in it, and they barely fit in the 13x9 pan."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"My first review since this recipe was soooo good. Five Ingredients and 15 minute prep time could not be easier. I used Ricotta instead of Cottage Cheese - it was perfect.

My simple approach: Mix, by hand, the Ricotta and uncooked bulk pork sausage in a bowl and then stuff those two ingredients into the shell. Layer with the marinara (I used sausage flavored spaghetti sauce) on a greased cookie sheet, cover with foil and bake. Add mozzarella toward the end of the baking so it will melt. Could not be easier. Thanks to original poster for this recipe!!!
With my approach and not using any light ingredients, I calculated about 225 calories for each manicotti."

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2014

"I prepared this for my girl friend and used Classico Italian sausage pasta sauce. This was absolutely delicious. At my friend's suggestion I'll use Ricotta cheese next time."

Reviewed Aug. 5, 2011

"The preparation was a bit time consuming but it was well worth it. I used spicy sausage and my fiance and i ate almost the entire pan in one sitting! Will be making this dish regularly c:"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"Extremely simple, and the best tasting. I will positively make this again"

Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"I love this recipe it is so simple but really good it's my roommates favorite :)"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"Oh-- I also use the reduced fat cottage cheese."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I make this all of the time! This is an easy, fast, and filling recipe that my family loves. I use turkey sausage and sugar free Ragu to reduce fat and calories. I also only use 1/2 the amount of cheese. It turns out great every time."

Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"We were having 100 degree temperatures during a heat wave and I did not want to turn on my oven. I tried this in my crock pot. I cooked it on low and it turned out great. I added a little water to the empty sauce jar, shook it up and emptied it into the pot. It helped the pasta cook and everything turned out great."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"Quick easy and delicious, thanks for sharing :0)"

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