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Manicotti Recipe

This Manicotti Recipe is the perfect vegetarian weeknight dinner — stuffed pasta tubes doused in your favorite sauce and topped with melty cheese! Ready in under an hour!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: baked, cheesy, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 487kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1 (8 oz) box manicotti pasta cooked al dente according to package directions
  • 1 (24 oz) container full fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) block mozzarella cheese shredded and divided
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-2 (24 oz) jar(s) pasta sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 (9x13 inch) baking dishes with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place cottage cheese, 1/2 of the mozzarella, 1/2 cup of the parmesan, Italian seasoning, basil, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and eggs into a food processor.
  • Process until combined. It’s okay if it's still a little chunky.
  • Pulse in spinach until it’s incorporated. Set aside.
  • Pour half the sauce into the bottom of the prepared pans.
  • Place cottage cheese mixture into a gallon sized ziplock baggie, seal, then snip one corner of the baggie with scissors.
  • Pipe filling into each manicotti shell and arrange over sauce.
  • Pour remaining sauce over top, then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.



Serving: 1person | Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1981mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6644IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 526mg | Iron: 3mg