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Cheese Manicotti

Cheese manicotti was the first meal I cooked for my husband, and all these years later, he still enjoys it! —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 4 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • Additional parsley, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients; stir in 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. In another bowl, mix marinara sauce and water; spread 3/4 cup sauce onto bottom of a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Fill uncooked manicotti shells with ricotta mixture; arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
  • Bake, covered, 50 minutes or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. If desired, top with additional parsley.

Cheese Manicotti Tips

Do you cook manicotti shells before stuffing them?

This recipe starts with uncooked noodles, which will cook in the sauce while baking. If you have any leftover shells, use them up in one of these other manicotti recipes.

Can you make homemade manicotti ahead of time?

Yes, you can make manicotti ahead of time! This recipe can be assembled and refrigerated for up to 3 days; just remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking as directed. Manicotti can also be assembled and frozen for up to 2 months. To use, partially thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed, increasing the time as needed until a thermometer inserted in the center reads 165°.

What do you eat with manicotti?

Pair this delicious manicotti with breadsticks and Italian salad with lemon vinaigrette.
Nutrition Facts
2 stuffed manicotti: 361 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 1124mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

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  • Nelson
    Jan 31, 2021

    This is a great recipe. I add garlic and a little lemon zest to the cheese and if the mixture is too runny just add an extra egg.

  • justmbeth
    Jan 22, 2021

    I really liked these manicotti. I did run a bit low on filling towards the end. Definitely will make these again.

  • Dani
    Dec 30, 2020

    good but inside mixture was watery and curdled. What did I do wrong? I followed recipe to a t.

  • Michael
    Oct 23, 2020

    Perfect! It was what I was looking for...

  • cynandtom
    Sep 28, 2020

    Spectacular! I used my Marinara, and added a little fresh basil and oregano to mixture since I had some on hand. I also think I went a little heavy handed with the cheese. Definite keeper!

  • Michelle
    Dec 13, 2019

    I made this for my fiancé and brothers and they loved it! I put quite a bit more cheese than the recipe called for because we all love cheese and it turned out perfect! For cheese loving families I recommend... Using a 6 oz container of ricotta Pouring 1 cup of mozzarella in with the ricotta mix Using 1 cup of mozzarella on top

  • Emily
    Oct 22, 2019

    I made this recipe with vodka sauce, and it was amazing! My husband and I loved it. I'll be making this one again.

  • Jessica
    Jun 6, 2019

    No comment left

  • sweetheart0903
    Nov 2, 2018

    My family loved it. I added a mixture of ground chuck and Italian sausage since we donand#039;t usually do meatless dinners along with garlic knots. I covered it in foil out of fear of it drying out which I believe caused me to have to cook it an extra 30 minutes or so. Next time Iand#039;ll leave of the foil so it can soak up more sauce. Itand#039;s easy to fix, I have to double recipes for a family of five. This is a keeper! I also made a dessert to have with it. It is an apple pie-cake mix cake. Itand#039;s like a cobbler and very easy and good with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. My family thought I spent a lot longer in the kitchen than I did.

  • Judy
    Apr 15, 2018

    Fabulous! I add Italian sausage and extra spices to the sauce for my husband.