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Italian Manicotti Recipe

Italian Manicotti Recipe

How To make Italian Manicotti? You will need a 13" x 9" baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Calories 350kcal


  • 12 large manicotti shells
  • 1 1/2 lbs ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups of spaghetti sauce
  • 12 thin cut slices of mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese for topping


  • Cook manicotti shells according to instructions on the box. When shells are cooked al dente, drain in a colander. Separate the shells so they do not have a chance to stick together. Lay them out on a piece of plastic wrap until ready to use.
  • Meanwhile, mix the ricotta cheese, basil and eggs. Stir until well combined.
  • Ladle enough sauce into the bottom of the sprayed baking dish to cover the bottom completely.
  • Carefully stuff each shell with the prepared mixture using a small spoon. (I have an old silver baby spoon that I use) Place them in the baking dish about a 1/2 inch apart. Spoon the remaining sauce over the top of the manicotti.
  • Cover with foil and cook for 20 minutes at 350°. After 20 minutes, remove foil and place 2 slices of thinly cut mozzarella cheese over each manicotti. Place back in the oven for 5 or 6 more minutes to melt the cheese. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.