Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Old World Manicotti

Friday, September 14, 2012

Old World Manicotti

I love Italian food! We don’t go a week without having some kind of Italian inspired dish for dinner. It’s so easy to make, and tastes so good homemade, we never go out to a restaurant for anything Italian. Why pay for something you can make cheap, easy and delicious at home? At the request of a friend, I am going to share my manicotti recipe with you today.


12 large manicotti shells
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (you can use 2 tablespoons of dried basil if you don’t have fresh on hand)
1 26-ounce jar prepared spaghetti sauce, divided.
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cool water. Let pasta dry on paper towels.
For filling- In medium blow, stir together 3 cups mozzarella with ricotta and basil. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff pasta shells with prepared cheese mixture. (I actually just line some filling on a butter knife and insert it into the shells. It’s much easier this way!)
Spoon 2 cups spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dish. Arrange stuffed pasta over sauce. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top of pasta. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
Bake manicotti for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with the Parmesan. Bake for 10 minutes longer.
Remove and let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.


  1. MMMM soooo good! I will HAVE to try this. As I'm sure you could tell from my lasagna WW post, I LOVE italian food too! Now my stomach is growling lol. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. gotta try this one, thanks for making it look easy :)

  3. Mmmm! I LOVE manicotti!! Looking at the photo makes me hungry for some lol.

    Happy Friday and have a great weekend :)

  4. I love manicotti. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks wonderful.

  5. I haven't had manicotti in quite some time. Thanks for putting it back on my menu!

  6. We make about the same recipe here too, and I love it. We're big on Italian dishes here too. :) Your dish looks great!

  7. looks very good--I haven't made this in a while-time to get in on the menu =)

  8. Hi Again Theresa! Thanks for linking your recipe up with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

    Hope your having a lovely weekend :)

  9. That looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  10. I have never had manicotti but it looks delish! My husband always complains that I put too much meat in our lasagna so I think I will make him so manicotti since it is meatless. Thank you for posting this!

  11. Oh, we love Italian food here. I've never made manicotti, but this looks so fabulous. I'm pinning it to make as soon as it's cool enough to turn on the oven :)

  12. Looks so yummy! I have never had manicotti but I love food that includes cheese!:)

  13. My Mom makes a Manicotti that uses a very similar recipe to this one, so i bet it's delicious! My wife has her own version, but I will never reveal which I like more , my Mom's or my Wife's ;)


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