Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Italian Sausage , Chicken or Turkey Spinach Manicotti Casserole

Prep : 30 minutes Bake: 45 minutes Makes 14 servings

2              packages (8 ounces each) manicotti shells
1/4           cup butter , cubed
1/4           cup all-purpose flour
2-1/2        cups milk
3/4          cup grated Permesan cheese
1             pound bulk Italian sausage
4             cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
2             packages (10 ounces each ) frozen chopped spinach , thawed and squeezed dry
2            eggs beateb
1            cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim Mozzarella cheese
2            jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce
1/4         cup minced fresh parsley

1 .   Cook manicotti according to package directions . Meanwhile , melt butter in a saucepan . Stir in flour until smooth . Gradually add milk . Bring to a boil ; cook and stir for 2   minutes or until thickened . Add Parmesan cheese ; stir until melted and set aside . Drain manicotti and set aside .
3.   In a large skillet , cook the saausage over medium heat until no longer pink ; drain . Add the chicken , spinach , eggs , mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup white sauce . Stuff into manicotti shells .
 4 .   Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in each of 2 ungreased 13-inch x 9-inch x 2-inch baking dishes . Top with manicotti . Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the tiop .
 5 .   Reheat remaining white sauce , stirring constantly . Pour over spaghetti sauce . Bake , uncovered at 350* for 45 to 50 minutes . Sprinkle with parsley .

This hearty , stuff pasta dish feeds a crowd . Tangy tomato sauce tips manicotti that's filled with a mouth watering blend of Italian sausage , chicken , spinach and mozzaerlla cheese .


  1. I love dishes that feed a crowd! Can never get enough of them, and this one sounds terrific. Sausage and chicken or turkey? Great combo of flavor,. This is wonderful -- thanks.

    1. Hi John , If you don't have a crowd , it freeze well . Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Dear Nee, This simply looks wonderful!!!! It is perfect.
    I hope all is well dear. xoxoxo Catherine

    1. Hi Catherine, good comfort food . All is well here , thanks for asking hope you are staying warm in your neck of the woods . Thanks for stopping by . ~Nee :)

  3. Good evening Nee,
    So Good..........That is what this recipe is! I love this Manicotti Casserole..It looks so yummy and with the sausage plus the chicken/turkey, and spinach all wrapped up together and baked....Oh Boy, what is better than that! I like the fact that you are using shredded chicken/turkey instead of the ground. You can really sink your teeth into this one. Plus like you said a great dish for company.My mouth is watering just thinking about this one..great job! Have a wonderful rest of the week dear friend.
    Dottie :)

    1. Good morning Dottie ,
      So glad you like it , I am trying to get away from so much beef , I think the sausage go well with the chicken or turkey . I thought about combining pork with the sausage and Turkey instead of the chicken , just an idea . It's a dish for company ... you can serve it at brunch .
      I have 7 people in my gang besides myself (8) so as you can see there will not be much left , it freezes well for a month so no food lost .
      Thanks for stopping by , stay warm and safe and have a great week , ~Nee~ :)

  4. Looks like a really lovely pasta dish! Would be very nice for the weekend dinner :)

    1. Hi Medeja , it is good for a weekend dinner and you can downsize it to your family size . Thanks for stopping by :)


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