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Easy Cheesy Manicotti Recipe

This easy Three Cheese Manicotti recipe makes a GREAT weeknight dinner. Perfect for large gatherings, too! Creamy, rich and easy to prepare.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 629.3kcal
Author: Megan


  • 8 oz manicotti noodles
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 24 oz jar spaghetti sauce


  • Cook manicotti noodles in boiling water until 3 minutes shy of al dente. Rinse in cold water and set aside. Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, egg and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Even pour half of the spaghetti sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Divide the cheese mixture between 10 cooked manicotti shells. Carefully stuff the cheese into the shells and form two rows in the baking dish.
  • Pour remaining sauce over the manicotti, followed by the cooked ground beef and remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm!


  • If you prefer a more simple sauce, with a tomato base, you can use a jar of marinara sauce instead if that's what you prefer or have on hand. It'll taste great!
  • Replace the beef with ground sausage for an even more flavorful dish.
  • Consider making your own homemade spaghetti sauce for this recipe!
  • Omit the meat to create a meatless meal!


Calories: 629.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.11g | Protein: 47.81g | Fat: 32.9g | Saturated Fat: 14.6g | Cholesterol: 168.54mg | Sodium: 1139.86mg | Fiber: 3.75g | Sugar: 8.92g
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