Italian Pasta Recipes

How to make Italian Cheese Manicotti

Here’s my Grandma’s Italian Cheese Manicotti. Easy Cheese Manicotti is tender manicotti shells stuffed with cheese.

 A simple Italian-American dish that’s sure to be a hit!



Serving: Serves: 6-8


  • 8 oz Manicotti
  • 1 container (15 oz.) low-fat part skim ricotta or cottage cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) pasta sauce



  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain. Lay flat on foil to cool. Heat oven to 350º F. 
  2. In large bowl, stir together ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses, parsley, salt and pepper; spoon into cooled pasta tubes.
  3. Spread thin layer of sauce on bottom of 13x9x2-inch baking dish, arrange filled pasta in single layer over sauce.
  4. Pour remaining sauce over pasta; cover with foil.
  5. Bake 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly.

Note: EASY MANICOTTI WITH CHEESE (No-Boil Method) … Prepare as directed above EXCEPT;  DO NOT cook pasta before filling tubes.

For sauce, stir together pasta sauce and 1 cup of water; heat to boiling. 

Use heated sauce in preparing dish.  Bake at 400ºF.


Buon Mangiata!


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