Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed manicotti)

Stuffed manicotti recipes can be high in calories, but turkey sausage and other lower fat ingredients keep the numbers down in this family-friendly Italian dish.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Step 2

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and bell pepper to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

Step 3

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Return pan to heat; bring to a boil. Cook 6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in black pepper. Add 1/2 cup milk mixture to sausage mixture; stir well.

Step 4

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 5

Spoon about 1/3 cup sausage mixture into each manicotti; arrange manicotti in a single layer in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella over manicotti; spread remaining milk mixture evenly over mozzarella. Top milk mixture with pasta sauce, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Ratings & Reviews

Hillary1980's Review

July 30, 2009
Fantastic! The white sauce was the perfect thickening agent to hold the meat mixture together. It took longer than the recipe stated for the mixture to thicken up. Other than that, followed the recipe and it turned out wonderful. Served with a salad.

EmilyLD's Review

August 05, 2012
These were great and easy! I used jumbo shells because my market didn't have manicotti and it turned out so well. It was really easy to stuff the shells so I will use those again in the future. We eat for dinner and the leftovers heated up perfectly for lunch the next day.

apparentbliss's Review

February 09, 2010
I substituted jumbo shells for the manicotti and a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes with basil for the sauce. We quite enjoyed the dish, and will make it again. I generally don't care for turkey sausage, but it was unobtrusive and tasty in this.

Spokane's Review

March 21, 2009
I enjoyed this recipe, but is a step missing? I used 1/2 cup of the roux/milk in the sausage, but what do I do with the rest of it? My family enjoyed it as well, but it took 3 pans to cook.

ChristineBeers's Review

February 01, 2010
Made this last night with some green beans on the side. It turned out deliciously even though I omitted pouring the remaining milk roux over the stuffed manicotti. I'm surprised they didn't dry out. I remember thinking what a waste it was to use 2 cups of milk to make the sauce and then only use 1/2 a cup of sauce. I'll know in the future to do it correctly. I remember when I took it out of the oven I thought we should call and invite some friends over because it looked so good. Next time we will.

MGHTYDX's Review

March 29, 2009
I too was left scratching my head with what to do with the milk mixture. I ended up mixing it with the pasta sauce before pouring it over the top of the manicotti.

EvilxBunneh's Review

December 09, 2013

PassionCooking's Review

February 07, 2011
My entire family, including my 2 year old and 4 year old, devoured this meal! This recipe will most definitely be saved and made again, again, and again!

Tomtes's Review

April 04, 2012
This was a disapointment I didn't think the flavor was that great and it was pretty runny. My husband and I both that it was just average and would rather try something new than make this a second time.

Jenene's Review

April 05, 2009
This was good for Sunday dinner with time to make it without feeling rushed. Used a basic marinara from a jar and added about 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil to the meat mixture. Took longer than 6 mins to make the milk sauce. Used 12 manicotti instead of 10 since box came with 14 and put 1/4 C mix in each with good results.