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Cheese Spinach Manicotti

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


  • 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 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the cottage cheese, spinach, Parmesan cheese, eggs and salt.
  • Stuff cream cheese mixture into uncooked manicotti shells. Spread 1 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spay. Arrange manicotti over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over top.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 389 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 722mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 5g fiber), 25g protein.

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    Dec 14, 2020

    Also, I substituted Ricotta for the cream cheese. Review would not let me edit my original review.

  • sandra 3807
    Sep 10, 2012

    Love it !

  • EmilyR369
    May 18, 2011

    No comment left

  • shessuchariot
    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!

  • brendaleebrown
    Mar 29, 2011

    This recipe was great!!

  • KWhitehead
    Mar 22, 2011

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  • julie23219
    Mar 15, 2011

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

  • Mjcappucci
    Feb 21, 2011

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

  • mlworden
    Feb 1, 2011

    Excellent Recipe ! Our family enjoyed this dish. I made this exactly as written. Leftovers taste great reheated by covering with foil & reheating in the oven.

  • sashimilicious
    Jan 31, 2011

    Rave. reviews from my bff and her 12 yo son.