Chicken Cannelloni w/ Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

This is so good, you will love it!


  • 1 (8-ounce) package cannelloni or manicotti shells
  • 4 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 2 (8-ounce) containers chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper
  • Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce (you can use a jarred sauce for this)
  • Garnish: chopped fresh basil or parsley


Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.

Stir together chicken and next 6 ingredients.

Cut pasta shells lengthwise through the other side. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture into each shell, gently pressing cut sides together. Place, cut sides down, in 2 lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dishes. Pour Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce evenly over shells.

Bake, covered, at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Garnish, if desired.

Southern Living, NOVEMBER 2002

~ by pennymaxwell on October 17, 2008.

4 Responses to “Chicken Cannelloni w/ Roasted Red Pepper Sauce”

  1. That looks absolutely delicious! Do you by chance know if it freezes well?

  2. For quick weeknight solutions, prepare and stuff cannelloni shells. Wrap tightly with wax paper; freeze until ready to serve. Let thaw in the refrigerator. Unwrap and place in a baking dish; top with your favorite supermarket pasta sauce, and bake as directed.

    There you go!

  3. Thanks– My husband won’t touch cheese with a 10-foot pole, let alone eat the stuff so I always end up with lots of leftovers that go to waste if I can’t freeze what I’m not going to eat right away. I will definitely be trying this recipe!

  4. Pastor Penny,

    I had to send you a quick e-mail… You remember the blog were you posted your “World Famous Shrimp and Corn Chowder”, it was almost a year ago now? Well Drew loves it but I’m not a big seafood person so I’ve only made it a couple of times, so anyway a few weeks ago he started new job and came home and told me that I HAD to make this stuff for the companies annual Cook-Off so this morning I got up at 5:30 to make it for him and to make a long story short it won first place!!! He sent me a text and said I was awesome. It made me feel good because I know it made him feel good and proud for everyone at his new job to think his wife can really cook. I had to give you a shout out since it was your recipe . Oh and one more thing I thought I’d share… my brother Nick is away at boot camp, he’s been gone for a little over a month now and he wrote me a letter and said he’s been going to the church’s on base every Sunday since he got there. Apparently he’s been to at least a Protestant and a Pentecostal and some others but in the letter he said ” there’s no comparison to Freedom House!” I agree!

    Just thought I’d share with you what made me smile today! Love ya bunches!


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