Bring a restaurant classic to your dinner table with this easy cheese manicotti recipe. With tender noodles, rich red sauce, and the delicious combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner and great leftovers.

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Easy Cheesy Manicotti! Bring a restaurant classic to your dinner table with this easy cheese manicotti recipe. With tender noodles, rich red sauce, and the delicious combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner and great leftovers. #sponsored | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Easy Cheesy Manicotti

Since we’re all friends here, I have a confession to make:

There’s not much I wouldn’t do for stuffed pasta.

Tortellini, ravioli, jumbo shells, you name it; if cheese and pasta are involved you can bet that I’ve got my plate out, waiting to be served.

But despite this little obsession of mine, I hardly ever have time to make stuffed pasta at home, and my time (and life!) is only getting more chaotic as we approach the end of the year.

This means I tend to take the “easy” way out and get my fancy pasta fix at my favorite Italian restaurant.

However, we all know that eating out every night isn’t always possible, especially now that the holidays are approaching. Gotta save some of that $$, amirite?!

So, I figured it was high time that I honed my own “Stuffed Pasta Cooking Skills” (official term), especially since Bertolli just introduced their new Riserva line – which just happens to include a Parmigiano-Regginao Marinara sauce. And the best part? Having a high quality and ready-made marinara sauce

And the best part? Having a high quality and ready-made marinara sauce reduces the typical cook time of my favorite pasta recipes in half.

And a faster cooking time = more time for me to plan what to do with all the money all I’ll be saving for the holidays by not going to the restaurant.

Cheese manicotti made with a delicious red sauce.

The pasta itself turned out amazingly well. It was a little tricky to fill the manicotti noodles with all the ricotta cheesy goodness, but being the classy girl that I am, I ended up using a spoon and my fingers.

It might not have been the cleanest way to go about it, but it certainly got the job done – just like the pros do at the restaurant!

And the Bertolli sauce was the perfect touch to liven up this dish.

A recipe tutorial on how you make cheese manicotti.

How do you stuff manicotti shells?

Personally, I like to fill manicotti by hand. I use a spoon (or sometimes even my fingers) and gently feed in the cheese mix into the manicotti. Once I’ve filled one end of the pasta, I flip the manicotti and fill the other end.

However, some readers have asked for easier (or cleaner!) methods for filling manicotti – and, in return, other readers responded with their suggestions.

For example, reader Diane suggested that you can pipe the cheese filling into the manicotti by putting it in a Ziploc bag (quart sized) and cutting a hole in one of the corners (just like you would for icing). This way you can easily fill the manicotti without all the mess.

Sher, another reader, had another great idea for filling manicotti. Once the pasta has cooled, you can cut a line down the side of the manicotti, fill it with filling, then press the manicotti back together. The filling will help “glue” the manicotti back together. Then you can just place the manicotti seam side down in the baking dish to hide the line.

notes & tips for cheese manicotti

  • I’m a big fan of Bertolli, but it’s okay if you don’t have any on hand. This recipe can be made with any type of marinara or spaghetti sauce. I’ve also used this Homestyle Meat Sauce and loved it!

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Recipe Details

Easy Cheesy Manicotti! Bring a restaurant classic to your dinner table with this easy cheese manicotti recipe. With tender noodles, rich red sauce, and the delicious combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner and great leftovers. #sponsored | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.72 from 60 votes

Easy Cheesy Manicotti

20 mins prep + 50 mins cook
486 kcal
Yields: 4 servings
Bring a restaurant classic to your dinner table with this easy cheese manicotti recipe. With tender noodles, rich red sauce, and the delicious combination of ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan, this dish makes a perfect weeknight dinner and great leftovers.

Ingredients 

  • 8 pieces manicotti
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (plus more for topping)
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 large egg
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, to taste
  • 24 oz Bertolli Riserva Sauce, any flavor

Instructions

  • Cook manicotti per package instructions, drain, and lay on parchment paper to dry and cool.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, then spread a thin layer of Bertolli Riserva sauce along the bottom of the dish. Set dish nearby.
  • In a large bowl, mix together ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, eggs, parsley, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Using a spoon (and your fingers!) gently feed the cheese mix into the cooled manicotti noodles. Tip: pack one end until full, then turn the manicotti around and fill the other end.
  • Place filled manicotti on top of sauce in prepared baking dish. Arrange manicotti in a single layer. When all manicotti are filled, cover the tops with the renaming Bertolli Riserva sauce.
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top (optional). Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Serve cheese manicotti immediately with more parsley on top as garnish.

Nutrition

Calories: 486kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 1859mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1980IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 690mg | Iron: 3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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64 comments

    • Joyce

    I know I would love this along with my son, age 56! I buy this when I go to the Olive Garden! Their’s is very good. However, homemade any thing is better, right?? I have Stage III necrosis in my left femur and I do not have too many “GOOD” days. I hope I will be able to make it soon.:) Yours looks easy!!

    • Caity
    • 5 stars

    Something came to mind when making this dish and it was much easier than I thought. I put the manicotti filling in a plastic bag and piped it into the manicotti. Easy and much less of a mess. I didn’t read through all of he comments so sorry if someone else already mentioned this. We loved the recipe!!

    • Great tip Caity! Your method sounds SO much easier! 😀

    • Michelle
    • 5 stars

    I’ve made this recipe several times now. Soooo good and easy!

    • Love to hear that Michelle! 😀 So glad you liked it!

    • Teresa
    • 5 stars

    This was really good! Everybody in my family loved it! We will be making this again.

    • Awesome to hear Teresa! I’m so glad it was a hit 😀

    • Sher

    TIP: After cooked manicotti noodles have cooled, cut a slit down one side, lengthwise. Pull apart and fill (SOOO much easier than with whole shells). Once filled, the filling mix “glues” together the manicotti noodle and it will stay together. Bake as recipe states. Saves time and frustration.

    • LOVE this tip! Thank you Sher 🙂

    • Heidi Q

    As Diane said above, use either a pastry bag or a Ziploc with about a 1″ corner hole cut in it and they will fill so quickly and easily!

    • Diane

    Thanks for this great-looking easy recipe! I may try to use a large zip-lock bag with a corner snipped off to fill the manicotti with the cheese mixture (home-made piping bag).

    • Awesome tip! I’ll have to try that as well 😀

    • Sharee @ Savory Spicerack

    my kid loves this dish! i will have to try out your recipe for our next go at it! pinning & stumbling!

    • Thanks Sharee! I hope the family likes it 😀

    • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    My an old friend of mine loves stuffed pasta shell meals! He would adore it if I made this for him!

    • Ludmilla

    Perfect with a glass of wine!! Yummy!

    • Sounds like my kind of dinner 😀

    • Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Oh god this looks hearty and delicious. I love a good pasta sauce and definitely need to try this one.

    • Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    These manicotti look and sound scrumptious! Bertolli’s new Riserva sauces are yummy, I just recently tried the one with white truffles.

    • Oo, the sauce WOULD be good with white truffles. Will have to try that!

    • Joy @ Joy Love Food

    I love stuffed pasta dishes too, this looks delicious, I will have to give it a try!

    • Branson

    Oh I love cheesy italian food! This looks SO good!

    • Ashley

    I love cheese manicoti but have never figured out a great way to make it. Thanks for sharing!

    • hayli

    YUMM…I love mannicotti and I can never find a good recipe for it so this sounds really good. I may have to try it.

    Hayli at Haylidejong.com

    • Angie

    That looks so darn good!

    • Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer

    you had me at easy & cheesy! This looks like a classic dish with all the flavours one would expect to be bursting from there! i love this and will make it for dinner one night next week!

    • Thanks Kaitie! If you made it, I hope you liked it 😀

    • Vicky @ Avocdo Pesto

    Stuffed pasta is the best — even if it gets tricky to stuff and you gotta use your fingers! This looks delish!

      • Patty

      I split the cooked shells all the way down the center lengthwise, then stuff with filling and place in pan on the seam. Works for me!

      • Your way sounds so much easier Patty 🙂 Will have to try that next time!

      • Samantha

      This looks heavenly! Yum!

          • JoAnn
          • 5 stars

          I have also added crumbled sausage to the filling for a change up.

            • Abby

            OH I was just thinking how good sausage would be in this too.