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This is a recipe I created after tasting something similar at a local restaurant. The stuffed pasta tubes freeze easily, allowing dinner to be ready faster. I generally make my pasta tubes and spaghetti sauce from scratch, but to shorten preparation time, manicotti tubes and jarred spaghetti sauce will work too.


Recipe Summary

50 mins
1 hr 5 mins
15 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Cheese Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Cook manicotti until tender yet firm to the bite, about 7 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain excess grease.

  • Drain manicotti tubes and allow to cool. Add 2 cups spaghetti sauce, garlic, and Italian seasoning to the sausage; simmer for about 10 minutes.

  • Cut manicotti tubes open and lay flat. Place about 3 tablespoons of the sausage mixture and some mozzarella cheese down the middle. Roll up tubes.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour until a smooth paste forms. Slowly pour in cream, whisking to prevent any lumps. Cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add fontina, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses; whisk thoroughly to blend.

  • Pour 1/2 of the cheese sauce into the prepared casserole dish. Place stuffed tubes seam-side down over the sauce. Pour remaining cheese sauce on top. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce down the middle of the casserole dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

I use turkey sausage, but feel free to use pork sausage.

If you plan on freezing the stuffed tubes, place them seam-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Freeze stuffed tubes until solid. Store in a resealable plastic bag. Make the cheese sauce the day you are cooking. Allow stuffed tubes to thaw at least 30 minutes. Bake, covered with foil, for 45 to 50 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

569 calories; protein 22.5g; carbohydrates 22.7g; fat 43.7g; cholesterol 161.6mg; sodium 1145.9mg. Full Nutrition