Mock Manicotti Recipe
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Mock Manicotti Recipe

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“I’ve always tried to get my children to eat vegetables,” writes Deanne Schwarting of North English, Iowa. “When my son tried manicotti at a restaurant and liked it, I came up with this version. It was a hit.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 3 cups (24 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese, drained
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 lasagna noodles, cooked, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 287 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 545mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Spread 1/2 cup over each noodle; roll up jelly-roll style. Place seam side down in an 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes. Uncover; drizzle with spaghetti sauce if desired. Bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Mock Manicotti in Taste of Home February/March 2006, p46

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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seavib User ID: 4405315 153091
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"I had enough filling for 12 noodles. I also used an entire jar of sauce. I want to try freezing leftovers next time because I think these would be a good lunch option."

lola 122 User ID: 5901540 81703
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I would totally make it again"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 68556
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2009

"This is a fabulous and basic recipe. I bought good spaghetti sauce and 'doctored' it up with sauteed sweet Italian sausage, green pepper,onions & mushrooms. Served with a simple salad - WONDERFUL."

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