Manicotti with Fonduta sauce

Beth Colon


I wish that I could claim this as my own because it is absolutely amazing!!! BUT I have to give credit where credit is due and the credit here goes to Giada de Laurentiis on the Food Network. The only thing that she does differently is she adds peas to hers. My husband is a chef and his manicotti around here was king.... BUT then I started making this and even he agrees that this is better than his...grudgingly of course, lol!


★★★★★ 2 votes

30 Min
35 Min


Add to Grocery List


3/4 c
1/2 c
heavy cream
6 oz
pecorino ramano cheese, grated (about 3 cups)
1/4 c
basil, fresh, chopped


1 lb
sweet italian sausage, ground ( or with casings removed)
1 large
shallot, diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1/4 c
white wine
1/2 c
ricotta, whole milk
1 bottle
favorite marinara sauce
manicotti shells
8 oz
mozzarella cheese, shredded
olive oil for drizzling
1/8 c
basil, fresh chopped

How to Make Manicotti with Fonduta sauce


  • 1Preheat oven to 350*
    Put water on to boil for Manicotti shells and prepare an "ice bath" (for when manicotti is done boiling, this stops the cooking process)
    Prepare a 9x13in. baking pan by spraying with cooking spray and spreading a thin layer of marinara sauce over the entire bottom of pan.
  • 2To make Fonduta sauce:
    In a medium saucepan, combine the milk and cream and bring to a SIMMER over med. heat (Be careful not to heat too quickly or get it too hot!!!)
    Reduce heat to low, and add the Pecorino Ramano cheese. Remove from heat and whisk until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.
    Stir in 1/4 cup of the chopped basil.
    Set aside
  • 3In a large skillet, brown sausage breaking into small pieces. Add the shallots and garlic (be careful not to cook on too high of a heat, you will scorch the garlic and it will be bitter).
    Add salt and pepper to taste.
    Cook til sausage is browned through and the shallots are soft.
    Bring the heat to high and add the white wine to deglaze the pan, scraping up all of the browned bits.
    Cook until the wine has evaporated ( about 2 minutes )
    Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • 4When water comes to a boil, add salt and oil to water, then add manicotti shells. Only cook 5-6 minutes until just barely tender. They will finish cooking in the oven and this will make them easier to fill and less likely to break on you. Drain boiling water and dump the manicotti in the "ice bath" . Again this stops the cooking process and allows them to be cool enough to handle.
  • 5In a mixing bowl, combine sausage, ricotta and 1 cup of fonduta sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Mix well
  • 6Using a small spoon, start filling manicotti shells and arrange in prepared pan in a single layer. Top with marinara sauce and then with remaining fonduta sauce. Top that with mozzarella cheese, the rest of the chopped basil and drizzle with olive oil.
  • 7Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let this sit for about 10 minutes so that it is easier to get out of the pan all in one piece.... I know this will take remarkable restraint.... but it is well worth the wait, lol

Printable Recipe Card

About Manicotti with Fonduta sauce

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #holiday, #entertaining

Show 14 Comments & Reviews

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make At Home

Restaurant Favorite Pasta Recipes You Can Make at Home

Kitchen Crew

There is an Italian restaurant in my neighborhood that I absolutely love. When it first opened, I became a regular. Maybe too regular... After one meal I realized that I...

20 Slurp-worthy Spaghetti Recipes

20 Slurp-Worthy Spaghetti Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

We give you complete permission to slurp up these yummy spaghetti recipes!

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

19 Delicious Pasta Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Having guests over and not sure what to make? Try pasta! It's versatile and always a crowd favorite. Try one of these 19 delicious pasta recipes and by the end...