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Sausage Broccoli Manicotti

Even kids will gobble up their broccoli when it's served this way. "I dress up spaghetti sauce with Italian sausage and garlic, then drizzle it over shells stuffed with broccoli and cheese," shares Jason Jost of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. "My wife and daughter love it!"
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 2 cups Daisy 4% cottage cheese
  • 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and well drained
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 4 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, broccoli, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg, parsley, onion powder, pepper and garlic powder; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add spaghetti sauce and garlic. Spread 1 cup meat sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Rinse and drain shells; stuff with broccoli mixture. Arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 417 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 1244mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 4g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • Apie26
    Sep 2, 2014

    I wasn't to fond of the chunks of broccoli, that and it was had to fill the shells due to the size of the broccoli. Everything else was amazing, I think I'm going to try to replace the broccoli with spinach.

  • heatherd
    Aug 1, 2014

    I've made this several times for family and for guests. It's always a winner. Instead of manicotti, I stuff jumbo shells with the filling. I also use broccoli florets (I've used both frozen and fresh) , cutting the buds up small and leaving out the stems.

  • loves2cooktwinmom
    Feb 27, 2013

    I did not add the sausage when I made it. This is a great recipe, my family and I loved it.