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Special Cheese Manicotti

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.


7 servings

Shredded zucchini and bottled Italian salad dressing give such yummy flavor to the cheese filling in this pasta bake that guests will never miss the meat. "It's the perfect size for a small gathering," informs Lisa Otis of Drain, Oregon.


  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup prepared Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1 jar (14 ounces) spaghetti sauce


  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in the egg, sour cream, salad dressing and zucchini.
  2. Carefully stuff manicotti with cheese filling. Place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake 5 minutes longer or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 396 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 879mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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