Meaty Spinach Manicotti

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Top Review by Laura O.

I really liked the idea of the bechamel parmesan sauce on top instead of the usual layer of mozzarella cheese, which I believe is the more traditional Italian way to go. The filling is also different in that it was a chicken and sausage combo. I thought the filling needed a little more flavor. This recipe has no spices, no salt and pepper, no onions - I believe the parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce and sausage are supposed to do that.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  3. Stir in the flour until smooth.
  4. Gradually add milk.
  5. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Stir in Parmesan cheese until melted; set aside.
  7. In a skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  8. Add chicken, spinach, eggs, mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup white sauce.
  9. Stuff into manicotti shells.
  10. Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in each of two ungreased 13x9 inch baking dishes.
  11. Top with manicotti.
  12. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over the top.
  13. Reheat the remaining white sauce, stirring constantly.
  14. Pour over spaghetti sauce.
  15. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
  16. Sprinkle with parsley.

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