Manicotti al Forno

Try this hassle-free method for filling pasta shells with a traditional cheese filling, then bake with a sausage-tomato sauce.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 25 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6

Ingredients

12
uncooked manicotti pasta shells
1
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
2
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1
jar (26 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, drained
1
egg
1
container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
3
cups shredded Italian cheese blend or mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
1/4
cup fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta shells as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, garlic and oregano over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and tomatoes. Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
  • 3 In medium bowl, beat egg. Stir in ricotta cheese and 2 cups of the Italian cheese blend. Spoon cheese mixture into gallon-size food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut 1-inch hole in one bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe about 1/4 cup cheese mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange stuffed shells over meat sauce in dish. Pour remaining meat sauce evenly over shells.
  • 4 Cover dish with foil. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle basil over top before serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    700
    (
    Calories from Fat
    320),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    36g
    36%
    (Saturated Fat
    17g,
    17%
    Trans Fat
    1/2g
    1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    135mg
    135%;
    Sodium
    1970mg
    1970%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    57g
    57%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    16g
    16%
    ),
    Protein
    37g
    37%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    35%;
    Vitamin C
    15%;
    Calcium
    70%;
    Iron
    25%;
    Exchanges:
    3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 4 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    4
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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