Make-Ahead Turkey Manicotti


Now here's a new leftover turkey recipe: Make-Ahead Turkey Manicotti! This turkey casserole recipe can be chilled up to 24 hours before baking for a low-fuss weeknight dinner.

Make-Ahead Turkey Manicotti
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Chill Time:
2 hrs
Bake Time:
45 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 55 mins


  • 12 dried manicotti shells

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained

  • cup dry red wine

  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 2 cup chopped cooked turkey (about 10 ounces)

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

  • ¾ cup ricotta cheese

  • ½ of an 8-ounce tub cream cheese spread with chive and onion

  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, wine, and tomato paste. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large bowl combine turkey, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta cheese, cream cheese spread, Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.

  3. Using a small spoon, carefully fill each manicotti shell with about 1/4 cup of the filling. Arrange filled shells in an ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Pour sauce over shells. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil. (To serve today, omit Step 4. Continue as directed in Step 5, except bake for 30 to 35 minutes.)

  4. Chill for 2 to 24 hours.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, about 45 minutes or until heated through. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

503 Calories
22g Fat
42g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 83mg 28%
Sodium 777mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 18.3mg 92%
Calcium 302.9mg 23%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Potassium 384mg 8%
Folate, total 104.8mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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