Easy Manicotti - No more trying to stuff those pesky Manicotti tubes. A quick and easy pasta dinner recipe using 3 cheeses and a delicious pasta sauce.

Easy Manicotti - No more trying to stuff those pesky Manicotti tubes. A quick and easy pasta dinner recipe using 3 cheeses and a delicious pasta sauce.

Jeanette is a busy mom to say the least! So she is always looking for ways to make her meals easy, quicker and of course tasty.

Here with Jeanette's Easy Manicotti, she has made it really simple, and there's no need to do the fiddly stuffing of the Manicotti.

This recipe uses lasagna sheets instead of the large pasta tubes, and it's just a case of mixing the cheeses together to make the filling and rolling the pasta sheets. Far easier than trying to stuff pasta tubes with filling! This cheesy pasta dish is then baked in a lovely pasta sauce, and you can simply serve this in it's baking dish at the table, or serve on plates as usual.

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It's a great recipe for taking to a potluck, or if you have friends over! Serve with some of our easy garlic bread too! Delicious!

See how Jeanette makes this tasty family meal!

Recipe from Jeanette Neumann-Melone

Ingredients

6 cups or 1.4 liters of your favorite pasta sauce (I used about 2 x 24 oz jars of Barilla tomato basil)
2 x 15 oz containers part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups or 200 g grated/shredded Parmesan cheese.
3 cups or 300 g shredded mozzarella cheese
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
a handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley (about ¼ cup chopped)
1 Box Barilla no-boil lasagna noodles

Instructions

1. Soak lasagna noodles in boiling water in 9 x 13 baking dish for about 5 minutes or until soft. Gently peel the noodles away from each other. (if you tear a few no big deal no one is going to notice). Set to dry on kitchen towel or paper towels.

2. Mix ricotta, half of Parmesan, 2 cups of the mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley in a medium bowl

3. Pour 2 cups of sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish to coat the bottom.

4. Take one softened lasagna noodle and put about ¼ cup of the cheese filling on the bottom, covering ¾ of the noodle, and roll up like a sausage shape.
Do the same for the remaining noodles and add them to the baking dish.

5. Pour remaining sauce over all the pasta - top with remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
Cover and bake at 375 F / 190 C / Gas 5 for 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 20 mins or until cheese is melted and pasta is hot and bubbly.

Easy Manicotti - No more trying to stuff those pesky Manicotti tubes. A quick and easy pasta dinner recipe using 3 cheeses and a delicious pasta sauce.

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Easy Manicotti

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Easy Manicotti - No more trying to stuff those pesky Manicotti tubes. A quick and easy pasta dinner recipe using 3 cheeses and a delicious pasta sauce.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups or 1.4 litres of your favourite pasta sauce, I used about 2 x 24 oz jars of Barilla tomato basil
  • 2 x 15oz containers part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups or 200 g grated/shredded Parmesan cheese. I use fresh not powder stuff but I'm sure it would work too.
  • 3 cups or 300 g shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 Box Barilla no-boil lasagna noodles

Instructions

  1. Soak lasagna noodles in boiling water in a 9x13 baking dish for about 5 minutes or until soft. Gently peel the noodles away from each other (if you tear a few no big deal no one is going to notice)
  2. Set to dry on kitchen towel or paper towels.
  3. Mix ricotta, half of the Parmesan, 2 cups of the mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and parsley in medium bowl
  4. Pour 2 cups of the pasta sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish to coat the bottom.
  5. Take one softened lasagna noodle and put about ¼ cup of the cheese filling on the bottom to cover ¾ of the noodle and roll up like a sausage shape.
  6. Do the same for remaining noodles and add to the baking dish.
  7. Pour remaining sauce over all the pasta - top with the remaining mozzarella cheese and parmesan.
  8. Cover and bake at 375F / 190 C / Gas 5 for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 20mins or until cheese is melted and pasta is hot and bubbly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1623mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 36g

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    Aislinn Graves

    says:

    an easy way to fill manicotti shells is to put the filling in a ziploc bag, seal, snip a corner off and squeeze the bag to fill the shell. No muss, no fuss.

    1. Hi Nelda, yes of course. The only advice I would give is to make sure you drain the spinach (if using from frozen or fresh) on kitchen paper, as it can often make the dish a little watery, but so long as it’s patted down well with paper, you should have no problems!
      I have made a Chicken, Garlic & Spinach Lasagne, which you might also enjoy, if you take a look here at the recipe, it gives you an idea for the preparation.
      https://lovefoodies.com/chicken-garlic–spinach-lasagna.html

    1. Hi Pdiddy, thanks for asking, unfortunately there isn’t such a facility yet on Lovefoodies to do that, although it is something i’m looking into. The best way for now is to pin the recipes you love onto your Pinterest board, say you could make a Lovefoodies board and save the recipes there? I hope that helps for now!
      Mary