Three Cheese Manicotti Recipe

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Family and friends love the rich cheese filling inside tender pasta shells.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 20 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 2 cartons (15 ounces each) ricotta cheese
  • 5 cups (20 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 2 jars (26 ounces each) spaghetti sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 574 calories, 30 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 130 mg cholesterol, 1365 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 33 g protein.


  1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 3 cups mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, eggs and seasonings. Spread 1 cup spaghetti sauce each in two ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Stuff manicotti shells with cheese mixture; arrange over sauce. Top with remaining sauce.
  2. Cover and bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and manicotti is heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Three Cheese Manicotti in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p230

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 Jan. 19, 2015

"This manicotti is the BEST. I have made several other ones before, and this one is a keeper! The only thing I did different was make my own sauce. I thought the cheeses balanced out very nicely. This is going into my rotation. Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"1 change that makes it a little easier...don't cook the manicotti. Stuff the uncooked shells, and add 2 tablespoons of water to the bottom and top layers of the sauce. Comes out perfect every time."

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2011

"It was too cheesy for my tastes, but if you like a lot of cheese, then you'd probably like this. However, my husband (a huge cheese lover from Wisconsin) also found this got to be too cheesy."

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"This recipe is so popular at our home it is requested for Birthday celebrations as their favorite food. I make the spaghetti sauce with hamburger and Italian sausage to give added flavor"

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