This recipe is very quick and easy to prepare. There is no need to pre-cook the noodles. I usually double the recipe and make an extra tray to freeze for an even quicker meal another day.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • In a large bowl combine spinach, cottage and ricotta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend well.

  • Combine one cup of the spaghetti sauce and the quarter cup of water together. Spread evenly into a 13x9 inch baking dish.

  • Using a teaspoon, stuff each shell with equal amounts of the cheese mixture. Place stuffed manicotti into baking dish. Pour remaining cup of spaghetti sauce over the top of pasta. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

305.9 calories; 18.9 g protein; 40.8 g carbohydrates; 24.4 mg cholesterol; 859.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2003
I doubled the recipe added 2c. hamburger 1Tbsp Italian seasonings 1Tbsp minced garlic and 1/2c. parmesan cheese. Then I used 2 jars of my favorite spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. This perfectly made 4 pans of 7 shells each which I froze and baked at a later date. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2003
i liked the fact you didnt have to boil the noodles first i have an easy lagana recipe that i make because i hate working with wet noodles. however made according to the directions this did come out very dry and bland. i will try it again but i will do it more like my lasagna recipe and add parmesan cheese mozzarella cheese and an egg to the "cheese" mixture. it also needs more water in the bottom of the pan i will put in 1 cup. and yes use your favorite spag. sauce this recipe doesnt call for that much along the lines of itailian seasonings and the spag. sauce will help. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 25
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2003
I doubled the recipe added 2c. hamburger 1Tbsp Italian seasonings 1Tbsp minced garlic and 1/2c. parmesan cheese. Then I used 2 jars of my favorite spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce. This perfectly made 4 pans of 7 shells each which I froze and baked at a later date. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I liked the taste. Not having to boil the manicotti shells was definitely a time-saver. In the list of ingredients the recipe calls for tomato sauce. In the recipe directions however it asks for spaghetti sauce. I used tomato sauce but I think that was an error: it should have been spaghetti sauce - the dish would have tasted even better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/14/2003
i liked the fact you didnt have to boil the noodles first i have an easy lagana recipe that i make because i hate working with wet noodles. however made according to the directions this did come out very dry and bland. i will try it again but i will do it more like my lasagna recipe and add parmesan cheese mozzarella cheese and an egg to the "cheese" mixture. it also needs more water in the bottom of the pan i will put in 1 cup. and yes use your favorite spag. sauce this recipe doesnt call for that much along the lines of itailian seasonings and the spag. sauce will help. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/26/2003
The reviews are right. This is a good recipe with help. I added garlic eggs mozzarella and parmesan to the filling mixture and do use spaghetti sauce rather than tomato sauce. I also solved the problem of filling the shells by putting the filling mixture in a plastic zip-lock bag cutting off the corner and squeezing the mixture into the shells. This worked like a dream! The shells were filled in no time. For you seasoned chefs a pastry bag or cookie press would also work well. Once perfected I will post my version. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2008
The filling isn't enough for the whole 8 oz package of shells. I ended up doubling the filling which was better anyway because what else would I do with the leftover half package of spinach;-) I also used spaghetti sauce (Hunt's in a can) and used a ziploc baggie to fill the shells. Just put filling in the baggie snip off tip and squeeze it into shells. Start to finish this takes about 10 min prep time maximum. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2006
This recipe was fantastic. I served them at a dinner party and my guests loved them. Filling the Manicotti prior to cooking is brilliant and works to perfection when covered with foil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
These were fabulous! I made them last night and refrigerated them until today. I placed them on the counter (still foil covered) for about 4 hours today before baking. They taste great (noodles are a little more "done" than I'd prefer probably from sitting prepared in sauce all night...still GREAT I just prefer mine a little more al dente). I added 1 egg Italian seasoning garlic salt a small handful of grated Italian cheese parmesan and crushed red pepper to the cheese/spinach mixture. I took the advice of others and piped into the manicotti using a ziploc w/the corner cut off. I also used an entire "big" jar of spaghetti sauce. Quick easy yummy...thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
I started out stuffing the pasta with a teaspoon and quickly switched to a butterknife..worked a heckuva lot better. This went together VERY quickly..I love not having to cook the pasta! I added a little oregano and garlic to the cheese mixture along with about 1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese. I used LOTS of marinara sauce. My picky three year old LOVED it my five year old begged for more and my husband thought I slaved!!!! 5 stars for that alone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
Great recipe with a few modifications. I used canned spaghetti sauce instead of tomato sauce and added garlic salt seasoning salt and parmesan to the cheese mixture. I had enough for 3 casseroles because it's only my husband and I. After baking for 45 min. I froze 2 dishes for later. Read More
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