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Cheese Spinach Manicotti Recipe
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Cheese Spinach Manicotti Recipe

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No one will even miss the meat in this hearty, delicious meal. Cream cheese and cottage cheese “beef up” the filling and give this lasagna-like dish a creamy base. —Julie Lower, Katy, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 55 min. Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1-1/4 cups (10 ounces) 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Eggland's Best® Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed manicotti equals 389 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 722 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 25 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, wine, Italian seasoning, sugar and oregano. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the cottage cheese, spinach, Parmesan cheese, eggs and salt.
  3. Stuff cream cheese mixture into uncooked manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup sauce into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spay. Arrange manicotti over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until pasta is tender. Uncover; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Spinach Cheese Manicotti in Healthy Cooking February/March 2011, p61

Nutritional Facts

2 stuffed manicotti equals 389 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 722 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

Love it !

Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

This recipie was really good and made believers out of my family that not every dish needs meat! Thank goodness it was so tasty or otherwise I would probally never be able to pull that off again. The sauce was excellent and it really surprised me how the noodles cooked so well. I will cover my manicotti for now on with sauce to make them cook, since it was so much easier. I used low-fat ricotta instead of cottage cheese because coming from italian family, nothing but ricotta is unheard of! The ricotta was good, but I didnt care much for the cream cheese so I think next time I make this I will omit the cream cheese entirely and just use my traditional ricotta filling. Great recipie nonetheless!

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

This recipe was great!!

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2011

Wonderful Recipe! I served this to my gourmet club and they loved it.

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

This recipe is so good and easy. I wasn't sure about not precooking the manicotti, but it was done perfectly!

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