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Meaty Manicotti

This simple dish has been very popular at family gatherings and potlucks. You can assemble it ahead of time. —Lori Thompson, New London, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling Bake: 45 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 14 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Remove from the heat. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Drain shells and rinse in cold water. Stir the mozzarella cheese, cream cheese and salt into meat mixture. Spread 2 cups spaghetti sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Stuff each shell with about 1/4 cup meat mixture; arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked casserole. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake casserole as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through and for a thermometer inserted in center to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 507 calories, 26g fat (13g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 1265mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • kaidydid
    Nov 4, 2020

    We absolutely loved this recipe. I did make my own cause for it once and we all thought it was better

  • Topazx2
    Jun 9, 2019

    Meat mixture was good, but none of us liked the spaghetti sauce addition. We're not used to jarred sauce, so that may have been the problem. It seemed easy to whip up, but it wasn't worth it.

  • Stephanie
    May 28, 2018

    This is such a great recipe. I thought the shells would be hard to stuff but the meat mixture was really easy to work with (I used 1.25 lbs of ground beef instead of the .75 called for in the recipe). This was wonderful and I will definitely put this in my regular recipe rotation.

  • hchambers
    Nov 24, 2017

    Great recipe! Everyone really enjoyed it. I used ground beef instead of sausage because that is what I had. It was a great change up for pasta night.

  • mmaron
    Apr 30, 2016

    Very good! My husband liked this a lot too. Great for 2 people. I divided into three small pans. We enjoyed one pan for dinner and I have two meals ready to go in the freezer!

  • homecookcharity
    Nov 22, 2015

    Easy and delicious.

  • yumyum02
    Oct 13, 2015

    One big step saver, I do not boil the noodles. Follow the directions, add 1 cup of water to dish, cover and bake.

  • DawnLockhart
    May 25, 2015

    This is a good crowd-pleasing recipe. It is very cheesy and the cream cheese in the mixture is a nice touch. I made the recipe exactly as written as I am a true believer in not being critical of a recipe until you try it as written. However, since I'm not a huge fan of prepared spaghetti sauce I think a homemade tomato sauce would send this recipe over the top (if you have time to prepare it). Having said that - the recipe is very nice the way it is.

  • Queenlalisa
    May 19, 2015

    This recipe was fantastic. I will make this again soon. Easy and delicious!

  • tribefan064
    May 4, 2015

    I made this last night and it was incredible!! I did exactly per the recipe and had some extra meat left over after stuffing the 14 manicotti shells, so I just put it over the manicotti in the pan before baking since I didn't have any shells left. I will definitely make this again and again! Thanks for sharing the recipe!