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Special Cheese Manicotti Recipe

Special Cheese Manicotti Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 396 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 879mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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dbburrus19 User ID: 2163379 264733
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2017

"I made this for Easter this year. I only changed the recipe by putting it in jumbo pasta shells instead of the manicotti (easier to stuff). This earned so many compliments! Very good."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 46337
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2014

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

Joscy User ID: 2694585 85672
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

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

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 85078
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

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

Ian2mom User ID: 5004373 29918
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2010

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

cyndypetters User ID: 3725488 30058
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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