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Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti

Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti- Italian sausage, spinach and three cheeses all stuffed into manicotti noodles and topped with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese. Comfort food at its finest! 

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You guys!! This sausage and spinach stuffed manicotti is so delicious!! This recipe can be made using store bought spaghetti sauce which is a time saver if you want to go that route. This dish smells amazing and is the perfect meal if you want to take to someone or invite people over for dinner. 

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Pasta. Good! Meat. Good! Sauce. Good! Cheese. Good! I mean, it’s a pan of comfort food that will make your house smell amazing while it’s baking. I opened the oven door one too many times just so I could smell this dish. Then, as I closed the door I would say, “oh man!” Sadly. only my dog could hear me. However, that’s how great this sausage and spinach stuffed manicotti is. I believe this recipe came from a former co-worker/friend. It’s a recipe that is handwritten on an index card and I am pretty sure I know who it came from. Now, I write a little note on my cards with the date and the person’s name who gave it to me so I will always know where it is from.

By the way, I share pictures of my dog on Instagram if you would like to follow me on there. Back to the deliciousness in the surrounding photos. I cook the manicotti based on the package directions (keep in mind they are going to bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes) and once they are ready to be removed from the boiling water I use tongs to lift them from the water and drain the excess water from them. Then, I place on wax paper to cool before I begin stuffing them.

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The meat could be prepared a head of time to help speed things up while making this dish. The overall time spent to make these is not that long but it never hurts to be a step ahead. 

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Would you like some manicotti with that Parmesan cheese?!? Who’s the goober that doused that delicious looking manicotti with all that powdered cheese… Uhhhh  That would be me, folks! 🙂 I tend to do that sort of thing to food. 

You should see my BBQ sandwiches. It’s 99.9% sauce!

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Sausage and Spinach stuffed Manicotti
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Ingredients
  1. 2 packages (One pound each) Italian Sausage
  2. One 8 oz. package of manicotti
  3. 1 small package of frozen spinach (thawed and water drained from it)
  4. 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
  5. 2 eggs, beaten
  6. 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  7. 3/4 tsp salt
  8. 3/4 tsp pepper
  9. 3 cups spaghetti sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Cook Manicotti according to package directions. Don't overcook them because then they will fall apart and it will be too difficult to stuff them. Once removed from the boiling water, place them on wax paper to cool.
  2. Cook sausage and drain.
  3. Drain water from thawed spinach.
  4. Pour meat into a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add spinach.
  6. Add Parmesan and Ricotta cheese to the bowl with the sausage and spinach.
  7. Add salt, pepper, and beaten eggs.
  8. In casserole dish pour half the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of it.
  9. Stuff manicotti with the meat mixture and place in the casserole dish.
  10. Once all manicotti have been stuffed pour the remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-50 minutes.
Notes
  1. I did have more meat mixture leftover than I did manicottis so, if you want to scale down the meat to 1 and a half pound that will be fine. I've even made it with one pound and I didn't think it needed more.
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Born and raised in Southern Illinois. My journey has brought me to Louisville, Ky where I live with my architect husband, Jason and our little dog, Fonzie. We enjoy exploring our city and eating good food. I am happy to be able to share great recipes with you and snap some photos along the way. I sincerely hope you enjoy exploring my blog as much as I have enjoyed creating it!

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Comments

  1. That looks yummy. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Melanie says:

    I need to go to the store so I can get the stuff to make this tonight!

  3. This looks awesome!!! Loving the cheese!!

    Hugs

  4. Wow! This looks and sounds amazing! My family would absolutely love this, so I have pinned it and plan to make it very soon!

  5. I love this! Looks so delicious and it’s got spinach so it must be healthy 🙂

  6. oh yum!! these look amazing and I have pinned them. I’ve never used those big noodles!! I think this is my first time here, so excited to have found a new blog!!! Excited to see what you are working on and getting to know you better through the DBB. I blog over at Nap-Time Creations and while I dabble with food, my blog is mostly sewing and crafts… ;o)

    • Emily, I am so glad you have found my blog! I can’t wait to check yours out. I want to learn to sew SO it sounds like I will be there often. 🙂 Don’t be intimidated by the manicotti noodles. They’re a lot like lasagna noodles. Thanks for pinning! 🙂

  7. Oh my, my husband would love this and of course, so would I! I love anything with pasta, cheese, and spinach!

  8. These sound AND look amazing!! I am sure the whole family would love them.

  9. This looks amazing and I’m wishing I ate a bigger dinner so I wouldn’t be craving this right now. YUM–thanks for sharing!

  10. I need to try this. I have never ever made manicotti. My husband just made a ton of sauce with our CSA tomatoes the other day…this would be the perfect way to use it!

  11. Looks like a great dinner recipe! Pinned!

  12. This looks amazing – something the whole family will LOVE.

  13. YUM! I love Italian food! Looks great

  14. This looks soooo good! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  15. This manicotti looks amazing. I love stuffed pasta. Thanks for sharing a great dinner idea!

  16. What a delicious comfort food idea! I’m drooling here, lol

  17. This looks like such a delicious meal! I’ve never had manicotti, but I really want to try this.

  18. It sounds silly, but I’ve never stuffed mine with anything other than cheese. Brilliant idea!

  19. Well now I’m hungry! This looks so good!

  20. I have never made manicotti and this recipe is making me want to try. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Wow – this looks delicious! I’ve never made manicotti before, but I always order it at restaurants. I’ve got to add this to my recipe files! Pinned!

  22. This looks great, I was looking for something tasty to try for manicotti. But I was wondering if instead of frozen spinach you could sub it for fresh? Is there any difference?

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