Special Cheese Manicotti Recipe
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Special Cheese Manicotti Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:7 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) 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 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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 396 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 77 mg cholesterol, 879 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein.


  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 13-in. x 9-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. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Special Cheese Manicotti in Quick Cooking March/April 2001, p57

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 Apr. 2, 2014

"Wonderful! Easy to put together stuffed uncooked shells and placed in crock pot on high for 2 hrs!"

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"No stars appeared to rate, but am giving a *5* up on this recipe. Is wonderful!!"

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This has the best zippy taste. It's one of my favorite recipes for company."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

"My husband and I love this dish. It has become a favorite in our house!"

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"This was a very tasty and easy meal and best of all even my picky kids liked it and looked for left-overs!"

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