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Spinach Manicotti with Italian Sausage Recipe
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Spinach Manicotti with Italian Sausage

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"Old world-style manicotti dish with a couple of my own touches. Absolutely delicious! The best manicotti recipe out there! I recommend using Bertolli® Italian Sausage, Marinara with Burgundy Wine, or Tomato and Basil sauce flavors."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and immerse spinach in the boiling water until dark green and softened, about 2 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess moisture.
  3. Cook sausage in a skillet over medium heat until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes, stirring often. Drain excess grease. Combine spinach and sausage in a bowl. Mix cottage cheese and 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese into sausage and spinach, stirring until filling is thoroughly combined.
  4. Use your fingers to stuff uncooked manicotti shells with stuffing. Lay stuffed manicotti into a baking dish, side by side, and pour both jars of sauce over manicotti.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until manicotti are tender but still slightly firm to the bite and the filling is hot, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese over the dish, let the cheese melt, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 12, 2013

Loved this recipe! I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese and put a couple cloves of garlic in the mixture and blended it all together in the food processor. SO good! It was so tasty that I kept sampling the stuffing mixture and by the time dinner was ready I didn't have an appetite anymore Haha!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 04, 2014

This was kinda bland. It needs something else. I even added onions and fresh parm but it was still lacking.


9 Ratings

Nov 30, 2012

I made this dish exactly to the recipe. It turned out great! Flavorful and very filling! The filling that you stuff the shells with makes quite a bit - I stuffed a whole box of 14 shells ( mind you they were not the large shells) to the brim and I still had about 3 cups of the filling left over. I made a lasagna with the left over and froze it for another meal so not too bad of a problem after all :) ! My suggestion would be to scale down the filling ingredients or make sure to have more shells on hand and buy the larger shells. Perfect recipe for company or a larger group!

Dec 21, 2012

Very good dish! It made a lot of filling- I had enough for all 12 manicotti and probably could have filled 3 more. I froze half of them, since it was only 2 of us eating that night. These are very creamy and flavorful. Only change I made was to add about a tablespoon of minced garlic to the meat. Will make this one again!

Jun 06, 2014

Tasty and easy recipe! I used ricotta cheese instead of cottage cheese as suggested by others. Big hit in my house.

Nov 17, 2013

The family loved this recipe! I did substitute ricotta for the cottage cheese, and put some minced garlic in it also. It was wonderful.

Jul 16, 2013

I guess I should have paid attention to the reviews. This makes a heck of a lot more filling than you need


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  • Calories
  • 765 kcal
  • 38%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 63.5 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 88 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 35.4 g
  • 54%
  • Fiber
  • 7.9 g
  • 32%
  • Protein
  • 47.6 g
  • 95%
  • Sodium
  • 2395 mg
  • 96%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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