Cheese Filled Sausage Manicotti Noodles | Italian Casserole Recipe

Try our Spicy Sausage Manicotti for a first-class Italian dinner at home. This dish brings together pasta, cheese, tomato sauce, and sausage for a dinner with a pleasant kick everyone will love!

Spicy Sausage Manicotti Recipe

Ingredients you will need:

  • 1/2 lb. bulk spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian sausage
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In a large pan or skillet, cook 1/2 lb. ground Italian sausage. The Rada Food Chopper is useful for cutting up the sausage during cooking. Once it is done, place on a plate where it should drain over a paper towel.

Stirring Sausage for Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Add 1 (15 oz.) can crushed tomatoes to the same pan.

Pouring in sauce for Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Add 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce. The Rada Marinara Sauce Quick Mix is ideal here, as it has a fresh, vibrant taste.

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Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 10 minutes.

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In a large bowl, place 1 1/2 cup ricotta cheese.

Preparing Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Add 1 beaten egg to ricotta cheese.

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Add 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies.

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Add 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

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Mix thoroughly.

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Chop 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh parsley. The Rada French Chef knife is incomparable when it comes to chopping parsley.

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Add parsley to mixture.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Mix.

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Take a 1 gallon size freezer bag and place the filling inside.

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With a pair of scissors, cut a quarter inch space in the bag. Have a 9″ x 13″ pan ready. You might want to use the Rada Rectangular Baker, an excellent baking pan that doesn’t require any pre-seasoning.

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Gently squeeze the freezer bag, pushing the filling into the manicotti. Try putting the filling in both sides of the manicotti for best results. Repeat until all manicotti are filled or filling is used up.

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In 9 x 13 pan, take 1 cup of prepared sauce and spread evenly across bottom of the pan.

Pouring sauce in pan for Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Place manicotti shells on top of the sauce.

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Sprinkle cooked sausage over shells.

Placing sausage over manicotti for Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Pour remaining sauce over manicotti shells and sausage.

Pouring sauce over Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Cover pan completely with aluminum foil. Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 50 minutes.

Wrapping foil over Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Remove manicotti from oven. Add 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese to top. Put back in oven uncovered for 10 minutes.

Putting cheese on Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Remove from heat. Allow a few moments to cool. Enjoy!

Kristy with completed Spicy Sausage Manicotti

Don’t Go Without a Plan!

Rada Plan for your Pan cookbook

The Rada 9 x 13: A Plan for Your Pan cookbook is an indispensable part of any cook’s recipe library! This book is filled to the brim with recipes for a 9 x 13″ pan, including entrees, salads, breakfasts, desserts, and more!

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It’s a Chopper, Baby!

Rada Food Chopper

The Rada Plain Food Chopper is a handy tool you’ll end up using so much you’ll wonder how you did without it! This easy-to-use utensil makes finely chopping meats, fruits, vegetables, cookies, biscuits, and more a breeze with its simple action and stainless steel construction. It’s made in the USA and comes with a Lifetime Guarantee!

Hop, skip, and click on over to our online Rada Kitchen Store to have the Rada Plain Food Chopper delivered to your door!

Prepare for the Stone Age!

Rada Stoneware 9 x 13 pan

The metal baking pans in your kitchen have had their time. Now it’s the Rada Rectangular Baker’s turn! This 9 x 13″ pan needs no pre-seasoning (except for wet batters and egg dishes), while also absorbing heat to maintain that perfect baking temperature.

Visit our the online Rada Kitchen Store to make the Rada Rectangular Paper part of your kitchen’s lineup!


Rada Marinara Sauce Quick Mix

You won’t reach for a bottle of store-bought marinara sauce again once you’ve made and tried Rada Marinara Sauce! All you need to make this delicious, authentic-tasting sauce is diced, fresh tomatoes, tomato paste, and water. Use it to make Spicy Sausage Manicotti or countless other wonderful Italian dishes!

Head on over to the Rada Kitchen Store to order your own Rada Marinara Sauce Quick Mix!

What is Manicotti?

A pair of manicotti.

Believe it or not, manicotti began in the United States, not Italy! To put it simply, manicotti is a pasta tube designed to be stuffed with filling, usually ingredients such as ricotta cheese and spinach. It’s similar to the cannelloni, which is smaller in size and usually stuffed with meats.

Wikipedia has more information on manicotti!

Spicy Sausage Manicotti Video Recipe


Spicy Sausage Manicotti Video Transcript

Hi, Kristy in the Rada kitchen, today I’m making a recipe for Spicy Sausage Manicotti. This is a recipe out of our 9 x 13: A Plan for Your Pan recipe book. It’s full of recipes for everything you can make from a 9 x 13 pan, everything from comforting casseroles to delicious desserts, so lets get started.

So in a saucepan on the stove I have a half pound of Italian sausage cooking. And to that we’re going to add a 15 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and a cup and a half of marinara sauce. In my large pan or skillet I cooked the half pound of Italian sausage. This is the Rada Food Chopper, it works really good at chopping the food while it’s cooking. So for now I’m going to just drain the sausage onto some paper towels. Now in this same pan we’re going to add the crushed tomatoes and the marinara sauce. This is the Rada Quick Mix Marinara Sauce. It is so good. You get the dry ingredients and add some tomato paste and some tomatoes diced or crushed. We’re going to bring this to a boil. Once it gets to a boil we’re going to reduce the heat and cover it and let it simmer for 10 minutes.

So now that our sauce is simmering we’re going to mix up the filling to put in our manicotti shells. In a large bowl take a cup and a half of ricotta cheese and to that we’re going to add a beaten egg and a 4 ounce can of diced green chilies. And then a third cup of grated parmesan cheese. They call this spicy manicotti and these are going to give it that extra spice. And now to give it nice color we’re going to add a tablespoon and a half of fresh parsley. Now the best way to cut fresh parsley is to bunch it up and then take a nice French Chef knife and cut.

Now that we’ve added our parsley we’re going to add some seasonings. We’re going to add half a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, a fourth teaspoon of salt, and a fourth teaspoon of pepper. And then a fourth teaspoon of garlic powder. The best way I’ve found to fill these little shells is to take a gallon size freezer bag and put the filling in the bag, take scissors, cut a quarter inch out of the bag, then have a 9 x 13 inch pan ready, this is the Rada stoneware pan so you don’t have to pre-season it, if you’re using a metal or glass one you’ll want to spray it with some cooking spray. You’re just going to fill our shell with the filling. All of these Rada products are available as a fundraising option. Your group, sports team, club, school, church, can sell these useful kitchen tools and you’ll keep 40% of the profits.

Now, in your prepared pan, you’re going to take a cup of that sauce that we simmered on the stove, we’re going to spread this evenly on the bottom of that 9 x 13 pan. Then we’re going to set our filled shells on top of that. Now on our shells we’re going to sprinkle our cooked sausage and then the remaining sauce. We’re going to cover our pan with aluminum foil and then bake this in a pre-heated, 375 degree oven for 50 minutes, we’re going to take the tin foil off after 50 minutes and sprinkle a fourth cup of mozzarella cheese over the top and then bake another 10 minutes.

And that’s one of the delicious recipes in our cook book 9 x 13: A Plan for Your Pan. We also use the Rada Quick Mix Marinara Sauce. Enjoy!

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