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4-Cheese Sausage Manicotti

This cheesy comfort food will win you over.

Cheese and Sausage Manicotti

Back in the day when I ate a lot of frozen dinners, my favorite one was cannelloni with tomato sauce.

I think it was that frozen dinner that actually inspired me to come up with this manicotti recipe.

This recipe includes cottage cheese to go along with the traditional ricotta cheese filling.

But if preferred, more ricotta cheese can be used in place of the cottage cheese.

It also includes a quick homemade marinara sauce that tastes especially good along with the cheese filled manicotti shells.

The filling in this recipe has Italian sausage in it.

Feel free to change up the meat to ground beef or ground turkey.

Or it can be made meatless too.

Cheese and Sausage Manicotti

Serve this manicotti as a main dish with salad and garlic bread for a delicious meal.

Here are more cheesy pasta recipes you may like “Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese“, “Sloppy Joe Macaroni and Cheese” and “3-Cheese Stuffed Shells with Marinara“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti Ingredients

For the Marinara Sauce – olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried red pepper flakes and salt

For the Pasta and Filling – manicotti pasta, cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, green onion, parsley, Parmesan cheese and…

Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

…shredded mozzarella cheese…

Cooked Italian Sausage in Bowl

…and cooked Italian sausage

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Marinara Sauce:

Chopped Garlic on Cutting Board

Dice the garlic and set aside for a moment.

Skillet on Stove Top

Heat a medium size saucepan on low to medium heat.

Olive Oil in Skillet

To the pan add olive oil and…

Chopped Garlic in Skillet

…chopped garlic.

Chopped Garlic in Skillet

Stir for a moment before adding the tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce in Pan

To the pan add tomato sauce,

Add Oregano in Pan

…oregano,

Add Basil in Pan

…basil,

Add Pepper in Pan

…pepper,

Add Red Pepper in Pan

…dried red pepper flakes,

Add Salt in Pan

…and salt.

Stir Marinara Sauce

Stir the sauce.

Stir Marinara Sauce

Turn the heat down to the lowest heat possible and cover the pan with a lid.

Let simmer for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.

For the Filling:

Cottage Cheese in Bowl

In a medium size bowl add cottage cheese,

Ricotta Cheese in Bowl

…ricotta cheese,

Parmesan Cheese in Bowl

…Parmesan cheese,

Chopped Spinach

Chopped Spinach in Bowl

…spinach,

Onions and Cheese in Bowl

…green onions,

Parsley in Bowl

…parsley,

Shredded Mozzarella in Bowl

…mozzarella cheese,

Manicotti Filling in Bowl

…and cooked and crumbled Italian sausage (or your choice of ground meat).

Manicotti Filling in Bowl

Stir together.

For the Manicotti:

Stuffed Manicotti on Plate

Stuff the manicotti shells with cheese filling.

Marinara Sauce in Dish

In a casserole dish (either one large oven proof casserole dish or serving size oven proof dishes),

Marinara Sauce in Dish

add a layer of the sauce to the bottom.

Manicotti in Dish

Lay each stuffed manicotti in the casserole dish.

For the Toppings:

Marinara Sauce on Manicotti

Spread the sauce over the top of the manicotti.

Shredded Cheese on Manicotti

Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Manicotti and Marinara

Bake in a preheated oven until the shells soften and the filling heats up (45 minutes).

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti and Marinara

Serve warm and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

Then…

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

…enjoy…

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

…each and every delicious bite.

Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

Italian Sausage and Radiatore Pasta with Homemade Sauce

Mostaccioli Pasta with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Tangy Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta

Mexican Fideo Pasta with Vegetables

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Cheese and Sausage Manicotti

4-Cheese Sausage Manicotti

A delicious main dish that can be served with a salad and garlic bread.
Print Pin
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Cheese Manicotti, Manicotti, Sausage and Pasta, Sausage Manicotti
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 3 dashes salt

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 2 green onions chopped, including the green tops
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Italian or curly parsley
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cooked and crumbled Italian sausage (broken up in small pieces with a spatula when cooking) can substitute with ground beef, ground turkey or ground pork

For the Manicotti Pasta:

  • 1 box (12 to 14 count) manicotti shells

For the Toppings:

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

For the Marinara Sauce:

  • Heat a medium size saucepan on low to medium heat.  To the pan add olive oil and chopped garlic.  Stir for a moment before adding the tomato sauce.  
  • To the pan add tomato sauce, oregano, basil, pepper, red pepper flakes, and salt.  Stir together. 
  • Turn the heat down to the lowest heat possible and cover the pan with a lid.  Let simmer for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.

For the Filling:

  • In a medium size bowl add cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, spinach, green onions, parsley, mozzarella cheese, and cooked and crumbled Italian sausage (or your choice of ground meat).  Stir together.

For the Manicotti Pasta:

  • In a large shallow oven proof casserole dish, or serving size oven proof dishes, add a layer of the warm sauce to the bottom. 
  • Stuff the manicotti shells with the cheese filling.  Then lay each stuffed manicotti in the casserole dish.

For the Toppings:

  • Spread the sauce over the top of the manicotti.  
  • Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven until the shells soften and the filling heats up (45 minutes). 
  • Serve warm and top with grated Parmesan cheese.
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10 Comments

  1. Have you tried freezing this?

    • Hi Audrey, good question. I haven’t tried freezing this recipe. But, I do happen to like the frozen Lean Cuisine manicotti dinner which seems to be just fine when frozen. Now you’ve got me thinking. I’m going to try freezing this the next time I make it. Seems like it should work well. Thank you for the idea!

  2. I have made this once and found them to be easy as well as tasty. Not sure why it has not been a repeat dish-but this is a great reminder that I need to get this on the table again. Your version does look delicious, so I am saving this recipe. Great photos here-very enticing!

    • Hi Tina, I sometimes forget what I’ve made in the past and don’t repeat it (that’s why I love this blog as a reminder). Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Beautiful looking manicotti and gorgeous photos…that top one is just stunning!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  4. This is one gorgeous manicotti. I have never made my own. I am not a cottage cheese fan so I am curious if I can just leave that out. This is calling my name in a big way.