Make Ahead Manicotti

Make Ahead Manicotti


"I have used this basic principle and adapted it to make stuffed shells and lasagna. If making lasagna, I buy a second, smaller jar of spaghetti sauce. I always feel like I need a bit more. Merry Manicotti!"


1 h 30 m servings 507 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 19.1 g
  • 29%
  • Carbs:
  • 55.8g
  • 18%
  • Protein:
  • 28.8 g
  • 58%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 112 mg
  • 37%
  • Sodium:
  • 1058 mg
  • 42%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a medium bowl, mix together ricotta cheese and eggs until blended. Stir in spinach, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese, sugar, salt and pepper. Stuff mixture into uncooked pasta shells.
  2. Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a medium baking dish. Arrange stuffed pasta shells in a single layer over the sauce. Pour the remainder of the sauce over the shells, cover dish, and chill in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake covered for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes.
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  1. 204 Ratings


Very simple and very tasty! I recommend putting the filling mixture in a large ziplock bag and cutting a corner off so you have a "pastry bag" type thing to pipe the filling in.

A WINNER! I made only a few chamges....I used 2 jars of sauce in their entirety; halved the amount of spinach called for and added a half pound of sweet Italian sausage (crumbled and browned)to ...

Came out perfect.......way easier than trying to stuff cooked shells with filling. Also, to make it easier on me I put filling ingredients in a zip lock bag, snip one corner with the scissors an...

Recipe was easy, the sugar must have brought out the cheese flavor?? I used a combination of ricotta and cottage cheese and used only about 8 oz of spinach and more sauce. I also made a whole ...

This is a wonderful recipe. I would suggest, depending on your taste buds, decide if you would prefer a sweeter Manicotti or not, the sugar did not agree with my taste for Manicotti. If people t...

I was VERY disappointed with this dish! Served it last night for dinner guests, and was sad to see they didn't clean their plates! I found this dish to be dry. The long cooking time is requir...

I loved this recipe! It takes just a few minutes to prepare and stuff the shells and best of all it doesn't create a huge mess in the kitchen if you do it before bed like I did. Like another per...

Average. Sugar made it too sweet and I would cut back a little on the spinach. Use plenty of sauce as it tends to be dry.

Awesome! I made this the night before (and used 1.5 jars of sauce, and half the spinach, as some recomended). We had company over and there was nothing but positive comments! The ziploc was als...