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Sausage Cheese Manicotti Recipe

Sausage Cheese Manicotti Recipe

This marvelous manicotti, created by our Test Kitchen staff, is cheesy, saucy and savory.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min. + standing YIELD:5 servings


  • 10 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 8 ounces turkey Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a nonstick skillet; add the red pepper and onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Drain manicotti; set aside.
  • 2. In a bowl, combine the sausage mixture, egg whites, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, basil, fennel and pepper. Stuff into manicotti shells. Combine spaghetti sauce and water; spread 1/2 cup in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 462 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1418mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 39g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat-free milk.

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jtermont User ID: 1863534 86114
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"This was good, and pretty easy to make. I like the sausage, in the past I've used ground beef, so that was a flavorful change. I think I would decrease the water in the sauce, it was a tad runny, but I would make this again."

BoosBug User ID: 7052546 64830
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"This was seriously amazing. I made with hot Italian turkey sausage so it gave that extra zest. It's hard to find healthy versions of stuffed pasta and I'm so happy I did :) I didn't change a thing....make as is it won't disappoint :) also...I used 4 turkey links and it made a lot, far more than one pkg of manicotti noodles, I made two meals out of this and froze one and froze the extra stuffing for another manicotti meal."

proudwvmama User ID: 6189610 58966
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2012

"My family loved this recipe!!! I did substitute large shells for the manicotti shells because the store was out of the manicotti the day I went, but it still worked out well."

MelanieDean User ID: 354077 35935
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"I've made this several times. We love it! I cut the recipe in half, but use only 1 cup of cottage cheese for the half recipe."

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