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Three-Cheese Turkey Manicotti Recipe

Three-Cheese Turkey Manicotti Recipe

This is my husband’s favorite dish. He always requests it, even on holidays! You’ll love the variety of cheeses and spices that jazz it up. It’s restaurant-quality, but at a quarter of the price! —LuAnne Wallace Bennett, Powder Springs, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 12 uncooked manicotti shells
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) three-cheese spaghetti sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten


  • 1. Cook manicotti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder. Place 1 cup meat sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. Drain manicotti. In a large bowl, combine the cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and egg. Stuff into manicotti shells. Place shells over meat sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • 3. Cover and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
    Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked manicotti casserole for up to 1 month. To use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. Bake as directed. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 647 calories, 34g fat (18g saturated fat), 158mg cholesterol, 937mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 5g fiber), 40g protein.

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Karen User ID: 8968348 256799
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"This was really good, but a bit dry. I would use less cheese to provide more moisture."

juliekimm User ID: 5798000 254191
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2016

"Very very good! I made two of these last night, one for my family and one for some new parents. Both turned out great! My entire family of five ate it...including our super picky 4yr old. Definitely will make again! Thanks!"

Degletnoor User ID: 8643469 238521
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"This was really good. I was surprised how much it made. I have a family of 5 and my husband and I both had lunch for the next day. Even my picky eaters liked it. Will do it again next week."

bnangst User ID: 5268715 235420
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"Love this recipe! Have made it multiple times now! I use my husbands jerky tube to fill the pasta"

Amy the Midwife User ID: 2816815 220146
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Enjoyed by all. If I made it again I would either cut the sugar in half or omit all together."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 97904
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"Although have not yet had chance to make, giving ***5 star rating***. Just know my husband will love this, as he loves me!!"

spronovo User ID: 3118526 104762
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"This was great and easy to make. I used my fingers to stuff the manicotti."

2princesses2love User ID: 652335 122289
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I made this recipe as is except skipped the Italian Seasoning only because we don't care for it. This was so good! We will definitely make this often."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 104761
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"I also used an ice tea spoon to stuffe the shells but it helps if you roll the stuffing mix. This tasted fantastic. Everyone loved it."

jewels82 User ID: 6458327 113782
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"It was wonderful!"

dejuan User ID: 3536404 122288
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"I did add more sauce ,the turkey was 1.25 lbs. and only 1/2 teasp. garlic."

dejuan User ID: 3536404 112334
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"My boys love this so much they had to have the recipe right then, my youngest son ate half of the Manicotti I fixed. I rate this a 6 star . I will make this again,thanks"

Julia Kristine User ID: 5293668 181065
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"Yummey: I used Barilla manicotti shells, cooked according to package instructions, Didn't have chedder Monterey Jack, so used Sargento 6 cheese, used grapefruit spoon to stuff them, or any small narrow spoon works, cooled them on a silpat then covered with saran so not to dry them out. Needed more sauce than called for so added a jar of Rao's Marinara I had on hand, cooked 30 min in convection then sprinkled Mozz. on top and left in oven few more min. to melt, delish. Made a pyrex dish for two sick friends and had some for hubby and I. I would definately do this again, in fact, can't wait until I have guests over so I can. Only tedious job was stuffing them, thought about a pastry tube, but with shredded cheese I thought it would jam up, will look for a wider mouth tip for next time and use a pastry bag just like stuffing a canoli."

kathypreston User ID: 6537129 181956
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. I did use ground beef instead of turkey, though. I definitely will use this recipe again!"

thegrannysue User ID: 5109315 181010
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"First and foremost, thanks for this recipe. I posted the ending product on FB and got great reviews just on sight alone. Had to post the recipe to share with my friends. I did some alterations and eliminations; used sweet italian sausage out of the casing, used a 5/cheese spaghette sauce, & eliminated the sugar and italian seasoning because of the sausage that was used. I will use this recipe any day!!!"

peaches191 User ID: 5127545 113781
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"Love manicotti and this is the best! My grandson thought it was awesome. Can't believe someone complained about 2 tsp. of sugar in a recipe that serves 6 people!"

medewaard User ID: 5328533 179426
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"I've been making this same variation for years, but without the sugar and instead of ground turkey I used ground turkey italian sausage! It's my husbands favorite dinner!"

CheriMcN User ID: 1272462 167475
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012

"Great recipe and so easy to put together! Instead of just plain ground turkey I like to substitute Italian turkey sausage... just remove the casings. While manicotti is baking throw together a salad and you have a meal in no time!"

melakay User ID: 2349908 122287
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"This is one of my favorites to make for friends. New babies, sick friends, they love this recipe! Even my husband who doesnt like ricotta cheese really enjoys this dish."

puppylove_214 User ID: 1381970 210656
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

"I wish there were more than 5 stars to give this recipe!! I made this with ground beef and used Ragu's 6-cheese spaghetti sauce. I simmered the sauce for about 30 minutes to really give it good flavor. This one's a new family favorite!! YUM-O!!"

Karen cooks User ID: 5343186 98699
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Great tasting italian dish with common ingredients that's easy to put together. I left out the sugar and substituted Pregos Garlic and Sausage pasta sauce."

benwin User ID: 629367 97902
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"I made this for my Husband and he informed me that I could make it anytime. I have never made Manicotti before, and it was easier than it sounded. I followed the recipe and it was very tasty, lots of flavor. It is a Hit in this household."

dianehain User ID: 2727150 183376
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"I can't believe this recipe calls for adding sugar to a jarred sauce! Jarred sauces are already full of sugars. I made this without the added sugar, and it tastes great to me. I like the blend of cheeses, but agree with reviewers who suggest this would be better with ground beef or italian sausage. next time i am going to try it with the sausage."

rvgal237 User ID: 4951242 167474
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"WhenI first read the name of this recipe, I thought the manicotti was filled w/cheese and turkey filling. Sooooo, I made this using cooked turkey (with spices, etc.) mixed with the cheese filling. It was great ! I used plain spaghetti sauce without meat under and over the shells. I will definitely make it again !"

ericajo2001 User ID: 5000271 179423
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"With the 3 cheeses this was much better than manicotti recipes I have made in the past. Very good consistency. I didn't care for the turkey flavor so I'll try Italian sausage or ground beef next time. Overall, a good recipe."

alaskakaren User ID: 3921099 165142
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"Excellent! Hint: use an iced tea spoon to fill the shells. The long handle and small bowl make it a breeze!"

dfore2004 User ID: 858791 179808
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2010

"Excellent recipe. I used ground beef instead of turkey. This is a keeper!"

cheezhed68 User ID: 1083106 112328
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"Very good and easy to prepare."

kermitbuttercup User ID: 2854094 143755
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This is so delicious, i love it, especially with all the different cheese types, my dad even loved it, and that's a Plus+++. Would make again, love it!!!!!!!!"

penguinmomma User ID: 4553647 181954
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"So good- myself, my husband and my toddlers all loved it & the leftovers were just as good warmed up the next day for lunch."

ewunia11 User ID: 3863274 113780
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"My husband really liked it, but I am don’t really like turkey. Next time I will replace turkey maybe for pork."

shellytwoo User ID: 2396663 97901
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"This recipe is a keeper. It was quick and easy. I added a can of garlic roasted diced tomatoes to the meat sauce. Served with garlic toast. Got rave reviews! Will definitely make it again. Try it."

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