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ground turkey manicotti

Ground Turkey Manicotti

A quick and easy recipe for your leftover turkey

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ground turkey, manicotti, pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey, sauteed if using leftover Thanksgiving turkey just dice turkey finely
  • 1 box manicotti noodles 14-16 noodles usually
  • 14-16 sticks mozarella cheese sticks removed from packaging
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano Mexican oregano has a slightly different flavor from regular oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons stevia powder 1:1 substitution for regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup grated mozarella cheese for topping


  1. Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray

  2. Unwrap cheese sticks and insert one cheese stick into one uncooked (dry) manicotti noodle. Place in 9x13 pan.

  3. If using uncooked ground turkey then saute turkey in medium sized kettle with the olive oil. If starting with already cooked turkey meat then simply chop finely. Saute the turkey in olife oil.

  4. Combine chicken and beef broth and stir in cornstarch. Once combined add tomato sauce.

  5. Once turkey is sauteed, add spices and broth-tomato sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Stir as mixture thickens.

  6. Pour sauce over and around manicotti noodles stuffed wtih cheese sticks. Make sure to get liquid all over the dry noodles (this helps them cook).

  7. Cover 9x13 pan with aluminum foil and bake in preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 49 minutes till noodles are tender.

  8. Once noodles are done, remove foil and sprinkle with shredded mozarella cheese and return to oven for 2-4 minutes until cheese begins to melt.

  9. This dish is great served wtih avocado, sour cream, salsa, or diced tomatoes.