Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Three Cheese Manicotti

With Lent in full swing, I'm sharing one of the meatless numbers that we enjoy on Friday nights.  This recipe is easy and can be made while your children nap (**bonus**)!

12 manicotti shells
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 jar marinara sauce
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
(1 tablespoon Italian seasoning - optional)

Cook manicotti in large pot according to package directions.  Drain and rinse with cold water; drain again.
Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.  Mix 3 cups mozzarella with softened cream cheese and Italian seasoning.  Stuff the manicotti with the cheese mixture and place in prepared baking dish.
Spoon marinara over manicotti.
Sprinkle manicotti with remaining mozzarella.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 10 minutes longer, remove and enjoy!

(Another option is to thaw and drain 1/2 cup spinach and add to the cheese in step 2.) 


  1. My mom used to make something like this when I was young...thanks for reminding me! And I am all about getting dinner ready early in the day! : )

  2. These sound wonderful! I love new ideas for Fridays during Lent. :-) Thanks so much for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I hope you will be able to join us again this week. God bless, Lisa