Make-Ahead Manicotti


I have used this basic principle for make-ahead manicotti and adapted it to make stuffed shells and lasagna. If I'm making lasagna, I buy a second, smaller jar of spaghetti sauce because I always feel like I need a bit more. Merry manicotti!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pint ricotta cheese

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons white sugar

  • teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 12 manicotti shells

  • 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce


  1. Mix ricotta cheese and eggs together in a medium bowl until blended. Stir in spinach, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stuff mixture into uncooked pasta shells.

  2. Pour 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce into a medium baking dish; spread to cover the bottom. Arrange stuffed shells in a single layer over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Cover and chill in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Remove shells from the refrigerator.

  4. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese, and bake for 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

507 Calories
19g Fat
56g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 507
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1058mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 23%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 589mg 45%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 864mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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