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Three-Cheese Turkey Manicotti

This is my husband’s favorite dish. He always requests it, even for holidays! You’ll love the variety of cheeses and spices that jazz it up. It’s restaurant-quality, but at a quarter of the price! —LuAnne Wallace Bennett, Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 12 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) three-cheese spaghetti sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  • Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder. Place 1 cup meat sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • Drain manicotti. In a large bowl, combine the cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and egg. Stuff into manicotti shells. Place shells over meat sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked manicotti casserole for up to 1 month. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed.
Nutrition Facts
2 stuffed shells: 647 calories, 34g fat (18g saturated fat), 158mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 5g fiber), 40g protein.

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  • Apie26
    Nov 5, 2020

    So we used sweet sausage dont have Italian seasoning used ( marjoram, basil and rosemary) also good on jumbo pasta shells. All together an amazing dinner.

  • Fredrick
    Mar 25, 2020


  • sgallirn
    May 4, 2018

    This was delicious!!! I made everything exactly as it was in the recipe, and will definitely make again....

  • Karen
    Nov 14, 2016

    This was really good, but a bit dry. I would use less cheese to provide more moisture.

  • juliekimm
    Sep 16, 2016

    Very very good! I made two of these last night, one for my family and one for some new parents. Both turned out great! My entire family of five ate it...including our super picky 4yr old. Definitely will make again! Thanks!

  • Degletnoor
    Dec 1, 2015

    This was really good. I was surprised how much it made. I have a family of 5 and my husband and I both had lunch for the next day. Even my picky eaters liked it. Will do it again next week.

  • bnangst
    Oct 22, 2015

    Love this recipe! Have made it multiple times now! I use my husbands jerky tube to fill the pasta

  • Amy the Midwife
    Feb 9, 2015

    Enjoyed by all. If I made it again I would either cut the sugar in half or omit all together.

  • Joscy
    Jul 27, 2014

    Although have not yet had chance to make, giving ***5 star rating***. Just know my husband will love this, as he loves me!!

  • spronovo
    May 4, 2014

    This was great and easy to make. I used my fingers to stuff the manicotti.