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Sausage Manicotti

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


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


  • 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.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the center of a shell reads 160°.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 pieces: 489 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 1232mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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  • CLB332
    May 11, 2020

    Restaurant quality states my dear husband! I’m giving a 4 Star because I made some adjustments. I used ricotta cheese and one egg along with hot sausage. I used a quart size zippy bag

  • cindiak
    Feb 26, 2020

    Love this recipe. I did put some marinara sauce on the bottom of the pan to keep the pasta from sticking. It is rather messy to stuff the shells, but it’s worth it.

  • OzarkMeatSmoker
    Dec 23, 2019

    I use my Jerky Shooter to fill the manicotti. Makes it easy, fills them evenly. Get it at Bass Pro Shop or Cabella's.

  • shannondobos
    Jan 22, 2019

    This recipe was so simple. I used mild Italian sausage and it was fantastic. I don't normally try out a new recipe when company is coming, but this time I did, and I didn't regret it at all. I will definitely make this again!

  • Angela
    May 16, 2018

    I made this last night for dinner. It was delish! I followed everyone else and used ricotta cheese instead. The longest part was filling the shells. My hubby loved it. I put some marinara sauce on bottom on pan so the shells wouldn't stick. I also used hot sausage instead of regular sausage so it was zippy ! try it out!!!

  • itsknotsew
    Feb 22, 2018

    I used the Italian sausage and cottage cheese then mozzarella for topping. Followed the recipe and baked as written. My manicotti shells didn't seem totally cooked, like a little tough. I think I'll stick with cheese manicotti and pre-cook the shells from now on.

  • _nlfPA
    May 15, 2017

    This is very good. I used Italian sausage and spaghetti sauce instead of sausage and marinara sauce. So easy to put together and so very good!

  • HBcook
    May 1, 2017

    I made almost as written. I added some sauteed onion, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, and dried basil to the filling. I used a ziplock with a small corner cut out to fill the shells and that worked great. A little sauce on the bottom of the baking dish ( I bought Classico Cabernet marinara), baked 60 minutes would do 55 next time, then added cheese (more than called for plus parm), 10 more minutes...great flavor! Also, I used half mild and half hot Italian sausage....lots of flavor!! One problem, the filling wants to slide out of the shells when eating...

  • Peapod0114
    Mar 15, 2017

    This recipe was very easy to make the only thing I would perhaps edit is that it says in the directions the prep is only 15 minutes, it took me about a 1/2 hour to stuff them but I could just be slow. Also I used a box and a 1/2 of shells. I did exactly like the recipe said and I also swapped some with an alfredo sauce that was amazing. I will definitely use this again. My family and I loved it.

  • Momof3.Lex
    Nov 7, 2016

    Even my kids love this and so simple to make! I would have given a 5 but I do like it better with ricotta cheese instead. I always serve with a fresh steamed broccoli!! I have also made this for gatherings as I find it easier and cheaper than lasagna.