Alfredo Manicotti

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While this might be a little ambitious for a weeknight, because filling the manicotti shells is a bit time consuming – it is still doable. This twist on the classic Italian favorite comes out so good with the silky homemade alfredo and the cheese and sausage filling. Be careful though – because your family is definitely going to ask you to make this Alfredo Manicotti again!

Alfredo Manicotti

For the filling, I used half hot Italian Sausage and half sweet Italian sausage. I like using both so you get a better depth of flavor. Any combination of Italian sausage will work, just as long as it is the ground type not in casings. If you can only find the type in casings, remove the meat from the casings before cooking. I used ricotta cheese but you could also use cottage cheese if you prefer.

Alfredo Manicotti

This pasta dish is incredible hearty. While the family may have seconds, it’s not likely that side dishes are needed. But you might want some nice Italian bread to sop up the extra alfredo, because it’s that good!

Alfredo Manicotti

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Alfredo Manicotti

A twist on the traditional Italian favorite known as Manicotti.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword alfredo, baked pasta, cheese, Italian Sausage, manicotti, Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • lb Manicotti Shells
  • 2 lb Italian Sausage
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 16 oz Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 cups Mozzarella Cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 tsp Parsley

For the Alfredo

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Preheat oven to 400deg.
  • In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add sausage. Cook and crumble until no longer pink.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter, and garlic powder. Once melted, whisk in flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in chicken broth. Cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in heavy cream. Add parmesan, whisk and cook until fully melted. Remove from heat.
  • In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, Italian sausage, garlic, and 1 cup of mozzarella.
  • Pour thin layer of sauce into bottom of 13×9 baking dish. Use a teaspoon to push the filling into each pasta tube. Line up in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over top of filled pasta tubes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parsley. Place in oven for 30 minutes.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

5 thoughts on “Alfredo Manicotti

    1. Estelle Forrest – I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. Cooking is a huge part of my life. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me but to the people I care about.
      Estelle Forrest says:

      Thank you! It came out so much more delicious than I even expected

  1. Oh my goodness, this will just melt in the mouth! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, 559 this week and come back to see us soon!
    Miz Helen

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