Homemade Manicotti ~ Enjoy this delicious manicotti in the comfort of your own home. Perfect recipe for a potluck or family gathering.
When I first started cooking, I never knew you could make manicotti for dinner. I always thought manicotti was one of those recipes you could only have at some fancy restaurant. Then I started cooking and found out that I could actually make it myself and it tastes darn good.
The first time I made this Homemade Manicotti we were packing up our house because we just bought a home. I remember the house was in complete chaos and Sean was walking in circles because he couldn’t believe I’d be making dinner on a crazy night like this. I still remember him telling me, “Cyndi these are the days we are SUPPOSE to eat out and here you are making a recipe you’ve never made before.”
Yes, I’m totally nuts like that. But he loves me and wouldn’t have me any other way. And guess what? He totally loved the manicotti and now never complains when I want to make something new. He just goes with the flow. I think after 16 years he’s finally realized to let me do what I want in the kitchen, hehe.
I’ve altered this recipe numerous times to make it to our liking. I’ve mastered it a while ago, so it was time to share it. Please don’t get discouraged by glancing at the directions list. It looks like a lot, but once you get going, it goes pretty quickly.
I’ve made this recipe with ground turkey or ground beef and both have come out fantastic. It’s up to you and what meat you want to use. Sean and I don’t eat pork, but I bet it would taste good with a mixture of beef and pork. Either way you can totally make this delicious Homemade Manicotti at home all by yourself! Enjoy!
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Get the Recipe: Homemade Manicotti
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 14 8 oz. package manicotti
- 1 15 ounce container whole milk ricotta
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- salt and pepper, to your taste
- 1 24 oz. jar marina sauce
- In a medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot add onion, ground turkey and Italian seasoning. Cook meat, breaking up into small pieces until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and let cool.
- Cook manicotti noodles according to package instructions, making sure to cook them al dente. Once they’re done, drain water and add back to the pot. Drizzle olive oil over cooked noodles (this will prevent them from sticking together); set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
- While the noodles are cooking, add the ricotta, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and parsley to a large bowl, mix well. Add garlic, salt, pepper and cooled meat into the cheese mixture and mix well.
- Spoon 1 cup of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Fill manicotti noodles with the cheese-meat mixture, being very careful because they can slice and break easily. Arrange the stuffed manicotti in a single layer in baking dish.
- Spoon 1 cup of marinara sauce over manicotti (you can use the leftover marinara sauce as extra). Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese over manicotti.
- Bake 30 -35 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. Let sit for 5 minutes, serve and enjoy!
Manicotti always seemed like one of those fancy dishes to me, too! And I’ve never actually made it myself before, but after seeing this gorgeous dish, I need to start! It actually looks so easy to make and SO flavorful! What a perfect comfort meal, Cyndi! Pinned!
This manicotti looks awesome! I’ve never actually had manicotti but yours looks so good I might ave to make some! 🙂
What brand of marinara do you buy?
Honestly I use what ever catches my eye. I do use brands that have better ingredients and less “junk”. I normally pay about 5-8 bucks per jar. Sounds like a lot, but they taste so much better in my opinion. Good Luck. 🙂