Turkey Sausage & Fennel Manicotti | Torrance Memorial

Published on February 09, 2022

Turkey Sausage & Fennel Manicotti

turkey sausage and fennel manicotti

Looking for a delicious yet healthier version of your favorite Italian dish? Try this turkey sausage and fennel manicotti that is sure to delight your whole family or a great option for a romantic dinner at home! Packed with protein and fiber, this dish will keep you satisfied. It also features fennel, a vegetable rich in potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium and fennel seeds which are thought to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Enjoy the rich flavors of this lighter twist on manicotti. Mangia!

Cook Time: 45 minutes | Makes 4 servings


Manicotti Filling

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups, fennel chopped
  • ¼ pound ground turkey
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup canned cannellini beans
  • ¼ cup part-skim Ricotta Cheese
  • ¼ cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 egg whites

Quick Marinara Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes, diced, no-salt added
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon basil leaves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon, Italian parsley, minced
  • 4 lasagna noodles, cooked


  1. Prepare manicotti noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Prepare manicotti filling: In a skillet over medium heat, add the oil and the chopped fennel. Cook until softened about 5 minutes. Add the turkey, paprika, fennel seed, pepper, red pepper flakes and parsley and heat until turkey is cooked, about 10 more minutes. Add the cannellini beans and baby spinach. Stir, heating through until spinach is wilted, about 4 more minutes. Remove from heat, cool quickly and place in a mixing bowl. Add the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese and egg whites and toss until well mixed.
  4. Prepare the marinara sauce: In a skillet over medium heat, add the oil, garlic and onions and heat until the onions are soft, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, salt and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in basil and parsley.
  5. Spoon ½ cup marinara sauce into a 9” x 9” baking dish. Fill each manicotti shell with filling mixture and arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 318 | Carbs: 43g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 8g | Sat. Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 210mg | Fiber: 6g

Rebecca TranRecipe Courtesy of

Rebecca Tran, MS, RDN

Rebecca is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes pleasure in encouraging patients to optimize their health through personalized nutrition therapy. She is passionate about geriatric nutrition and gut health. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, knitting, and going to the beach.