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Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti Recipe
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Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti Recipe

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Our family adores autumn and anything to do with pumpkins! We all love this recipe because it is warm and comforting. It's so easy to put together on a cool fall evening after a day of work or raking leaves. —Mandy Howison, Renfrew Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) garlic spaghetti sauce, divided

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions for al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mix ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, pumpkin, Parmesan cheese, egg yolks and nutmeg. Spoon into manicotti.
  3. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with stuffed manicotti. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake, covered, 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Cheese & Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti in Country Woman October/November 2013, p39

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"You don't really notice the pumpkin, but it provides a creamy, cheesy filling. Husband was afraid to try it, but loved it. Will make again and again.

To clarify the other reviews: there is no extra filling. This makes 14 manicotti, a whole 8 oz package. 2 manicotti per serving."

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"I must admit that I was skeptical about pumpkin with tomato sauce but, since I really like pumpkin, I thought,"Why not give it a try? How bad can it be?" I made these per the recipe last night for dinner and, wow, they are excellent!!! Thanks Mandy. Great idea."

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"This was my first time making manicotti, and was made easy by using a ziplock bag with a corner cut off to pipe the filling out into the manicotti tubes. At high altitude I cooked it longer (8 minutes). Should have cooked five minutes more."

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2014

"Loved the recipe, but will double the pumpkin next time! Couldn't really taste the pumpkin over the ricotta."

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"Delicious! I added some chopped mushrooms to the filling and used my own homemade sauce. This is a keeper!"

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