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Manicotti with Spicy Sausage

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I posted Parmesan Chicken Manicotti recipe over a year ago and it was an instant hit! So I decided to post yet another manicotti recipe that I tried and loved!

I love any types of pasta dishes, especially manicotti. Some might say manicotti is hard and time consuming to make – but I will have to disagree. I actually think that manicotti is simpler and easier to make than many other pasta dishes.

I normally use shredded chicken in manicotti recipes but this time, I picked up some delicious and spicy turkey sausages at the grocery store. I do like the taste of turkey sausages but I know some don’t, so feel free to replace it with regular pork sausages, if you’d like. Place all filling ingredients together in a bowl and mix well, either by spoon or hand or a mixer.

 

Your filling should look like this after you’re done mixing.

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In a baking dish, pour about 1/2 cup of your favorite pasta sauce or crushed tomatoes.

Stuff each manicotti that are already cooked with the filling. If you boil the manicotti for too long, they will tear like mine did in the picture. So don’t overcook the noodles. 😉

Pour the rest of the sauce over the stuffed manicotti and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake them in the oven at 350 degrees F. for about 30-35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Manicotti stuffed with Spicy Sausage! Healthy and surpringly low calories! :)

I also made some arugula salad to go with the manicotti. I just added some half-moon sliced cucumbers with arugula, which is my favorite kind of green leaves. I mixed about 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup together and poured it over the salad. Then I tossed them together and sprinkled about 2 tablespoons dried Parmesan cheese. It was delicious!

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Manicotti stuffed with Spicy Sausage! Healthy and surpringly low calories! :)

Two of the manicotti and a good portion of the salad and I think they were under 400 calories. So tasty and healthy, too! It was a perfect dinner for me, since I’m on a diet! (Week 16 and I’ve lost almost 35 lbs!)

Manicotti stuffed with Spicy Sausage! Healthy and surpringly low calories! :)

{Healthy} Manicotti with Spicy Sausage

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 pieces manicotti, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 large can Italian style crushed tomatoes or 1 bottle of your favorite red pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup (or more) Parmesan cheese, shredded

Sausage filling –

  • 2 lean turkey sausages
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed
  • 1 egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg
  • 1/4 cup Italian cheese
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (or use fresh basil leaves instead)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Remove the skin from the sausages. Cook the sausages over medium high heat, breaking them apart using a wooden spoon. These sausages do not have a lot of fat so make sure to stir them frequently so that they don’t burn. Cook until the sausages are fully cooked.
  • In medium sized bowl, combine cooked sausages, ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, Italian cheese, sundried tomatoes, garlic, black pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning together and stir well until well mixed.
  • Pour about 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes or your favorite red pasta sauce to your baking dish and spread it evenly.
  • Stuff each cooked manicotti with about 1/4 cupful sausage filling carefully so that the manicotti doesn’t tear. Pour the rest of the sauce over the manicotti. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30-35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
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Manicotti stuffed with Spicy Sausage! Healthy and surpringly low calories! :)