Dutch Oven Manicotti Pasta Bake

Dutch Oven Manicotti Pasta Bake fancy date night pasta. It’s a delicious and easy recipe to create for your loved one.


  • 1 pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces Parmesan shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage and onion over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  2. Bring to a boil pasta until it is soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add noodles and water, Stir in garlic, about 30 seconds. Stir in water, pasta, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  4. Drop large spoonfuls of ricotta on top of pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted , about 15 to 20 minutes.


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