Eggplant Manicotti with Sausage


A new twist on traditional manicotti without pasta, eggplant slices stand in for the manicotti shells and bake with ricotta in a rich tomato-basil sauce with fresh herbs.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
4 servings


  • 2 medium eggplants, peeled and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices

  • 6 ounces bulk mild Italian sausage

  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar Classico® Tomato and Basil Sauce

  • ¼ cup shredded Italian cheese blend


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. Line a 15x17-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with oil (for eggplant slices). Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish (for the manicotti).

  3. Arrange eggplant slices in a single layer in 15x17 pan. Roast eggplant until softened, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Cook sausage in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown and is no longer pink, breaking up clumps as it cooks. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.

  5. Combine ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, oregano, basil and Parmesan in a medium bowl; mix until smooth and well blended.

  6. Pour a cup of Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce into the 9x13 pan and spread evenly on the bottom of the pan.

  7. Put 1 tablespoon of ricotta mixture onto longer end of eggplant slice and top with a scant teaspoon of crumbled sausage; roll up into thin roll. Place on pasta sauce in 9x13 pan. Repeat with eggplant slices making 2 rows of eggplant rolls in pan.

  8. Sprinkle remaining sausage over eggplant rolls. Spread remaining pasta sauce over eggplant rolls. Top with shredded Italian cheese blend.

  9. Bake until sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Variation: You can omit the sausage to make them meatless (and they're gluten free!).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

297 Calories
13g Fat
33g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 297
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 872mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 12g 43%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 750mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.