I’m a huge fan of the heavier pasta dishes. You know, lasagna, baked ziti, manicotti, anything with ricotta and lots of cheese! But sometimes, especially in the summer, the idea of a heavy dish just doesn’t work. This dish turn out wonderfully light but still had that “cold weather” pasta feel.

The manicotti is stuffed with sweet turkey sausage in a white sauce, covered with pasta sauce and cheese, and then baked until the cheese is melty and delicious.

Turkey Sausage Stuffed Manicotti

Ingredients

1 box uncooked manicotti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
pepper
2 cups pasta sauce
1 cup mozzarella, shredded

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage and brown in oil, crumbling it as it cooks. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté until tender.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour, cook for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat. Add milk, stirring with whisk. Return pan to heat; bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pepper to taste. Pour over sausage mixture and stir well.
  4. Preheat over to 350.
  5. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with spray oil. Spoon sausage mixture into manicotti and arrange in a single player in dish. Spread pasta sauce over top of manicotti and top with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
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