Manicotti in Chorizo Sauce


I love pasta. It is so versatile that I could probably make a different pasta dish every day for the rest of my life and not get tired of it. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at all the pasta dishes I’ve posted on this blog and visit Ruth’s Presto Pasta Night blog. Isn’t it amazing the creativity foodies use when it comes to pasta?

I’ve been meaning to make manicotti for a long time, and finally decided to get a package at the store last time we were there. Even though I have made my own pasta before, I still buy most of it at the store. I do not own a pasta maker (and I am not going to get one any time soon because of the move, I’ll tell you about that later) and rolling the pasta with a rolling pin is too much work. It doesn’t matter how good of a work out it is, sometimes I just don’t have the time. Even though these manicotti were store-bought, they were still delicious. The secret is in the sauce 😉


I used the same filling for these manicotti that I use for lasagna. That is, ricotta cheese mixed with Parmesan, Romano and mozzarella cheeses, salt, pepper, parsley and eggs. I used a pastry bag to fill the cooked manicotti. It was a little bit tricky, but not difficult after the second one. I then placed them in a baking dish, covered them with the chorizo sauce and baked them for 25 minutes at 175°F.


Chorizo sauce

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb Mexican chorizo
  • 1/2 lb ground meat (I usually use turkey)
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 small zucchinis, diced
  • 2-3 cups diced tomatoes
  • Italian herbs (thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, etc)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

The how-to:

  1. Remove the casing of the chorizo and brown it in an iron-cast skillet over mediun-high heat. Add garlic and sautee in the chorizo fat until it starts to turn brown. Add onion and sautee as well.
  2. Add ground meat and cook until brown. Add red wine and bring to a boil.
  3. Add zucchini and tomatoes and bring the sauce to a boil again.
  4. Reduce heat to low and add herbs and spices. Mix well.
  5. Simmer for about 30 minutes stirring constantly. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

¡Buen provecho!

This is my entry for this week’s Presto Pasta Nights. The host this week is Kevin of Closet Cooking.  Check out this great event and Kevin’s delicious blog.


  • Manicotti? Now you're speaking my language! I could live on pasta and pasta alone.

    I'm so making this! Nice change from the usual spinach manicotti I normally make. 😉

  • Your photos always amaze me!

  • Yum Ben! I love this new take on manicotti – making it nice and spicy!!! I love it! Great photos too!

  • Oh Ben you had me at chorizo. I will be making this dish this weekend.

  • I think I’d eat just about anything with chorizo in it. Yum.

  • I love pasta too. It's one of those dishes where you can always find a variation to a pasta dish that you like, on almost any day of the week and I love the look of this dish!

  • The chorizo sauce sounds super tasty, especially with that filling in the manicotti. I have never made my own pasta before – the dried stuff is just TOO convenient. I also don't have a pasta roller…or the patience to roll it by hand,. Delicious!

  • I love pasta too! and I can have it everyday too if my hubs don't complain. pasta is so versatile and the possibilities are endless! The chorizo sauce looks so good!

  • I love the sound of that sauce, chorizo is one of my favourite things!

  • Oh wow. Wow. That sauce sounds so perfect with the cheesy pasta! How is Mexican chorizo different to Spanish? Because I can get Spanish quite easily.

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