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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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  • Kim
    Jan 11, 2021

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  • Ariah
    Jan 8, 2021

    I agree with the person who mentioned using the jerky gun. It was fun and took no time at all making this!!

  • Marlynn
    Dec 6, 2020

    Used hot sausage and 2% Cottage cheese. Stuffed in jumbo shells instead of manicotti which was easier. Spread some Hunts garlic and herb pasta sauce on bottom as others suggested. Covered with remaining sauce and topped with 1/2 mozzarella and 1/2 Monterey Jack cheese, Baked at 350 covered for about 65 minutes, uncovered and added cheese. Baked 5 minutes more. Delicious !

  • 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!