Manicotti al Forno

Manicotti al Forno

Try this hassle-free method for filling pasta shells with a traditional cheese filling, then bake with a sausage-tomato sauce.

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uncooked manicotti pasta shells
lb bulk Italian pork sausage
large cloves garlic, finely chopped
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
jar (26 oz) tomato pasta sauce
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, drained
container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
cups shredded Italian cheese blend or mozzarella cheese (12 oz)
cup fresh basil leaves, cut into strips
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta shells as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook sausage, garlic and oregano over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce and tomatoes. Spread 1 cup of the meat sauce in ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.
  3. In medium bowl, beat egg. Stir in ricotta cheese and 2 cups of the Italian cheese blend. Spoon cheese mixture into gallon-size food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut 1-inch hole in one bottom corner of bag. Squeeze bag to pipe about 1/4 cup cheese mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange stuffed shells over meat sauce in dish. Pour remaining meat sauce evenly over shells.
  4. Cover dish with foil. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle basil over top before serving.
Makes 6 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
For a relaxed company meal, make the recipe the night before, cover and refrigerate. Add about 15 minutes to the baking time when starting with the refrigerated dish.
Serve with a marinated vegetable salad, warm garlic breadsticks and ice cream with a berry sauce.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 700
    • (Calories from Fat 320),
  • Total Fat 36g
    • (Saturated Fat 17g,
    • Trans Fat 1/2g),
  • Cholesterol 135mg;
  • Sodium 1970mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 57g
    • (Dietary Fiber 4g,
    • Sugars 16g),
  • Protein 37g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 1 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 0 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 4 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 4;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.