Homemade Manicotti Italian Stuffed Pasta

Friday, August 20, 2010
Homemade Italian Manicotti Stuffed Pasta is a family old recipe making a filling tubular shaped pasta then baking in the oven with tomato sauce and lots of shredded mozzarella.

These baked rolls are pretty similar to a crepe batter then filled with whatever you like from meats, cheese, or vegetarian styles.

Mom made these only around the holiday as they were a special treat and I would watch her intently as she made these small round thin pancakes and stacked them.

The filling recipes are very basic and you can find the original Homemade Manicotti Shell Recipe mom made here.

Very easy to make and again you can stuff these rollup style pasta shells with whatever you like.

Pasta Rollups

Since these are just thin batter pasta, the skies are the limit on what you can stuff them with.

I've had friends stuff them with anything from spinach and ricotta to a Mexican-style manicotti with refried beans and hamburger meat.

In the end, this light pasta thin crepe dough can be a delightful start to many creative food ideas.

The shells can be made ahead of time and frozen, for meal prep ideas

Step by Step

  1. make the manicotti shells or buy them cooked to package instructions
  2. make the ricotta filling
  3. oil spray a casserole baking dish
  4.  fill the manicotti
  5. top with tomato meat sauce
  6. sprinkle with shredded mozzarella
  7. bake the manicotti until the cheese melts

Ingredients You May Need

  • ricotta
  • meatballs, sausage
  • spinach 
  • tomato sauce
  • mozzarella
  • manicotti shells

Recipes You May Like To Try

Homemade Ricotta Cheese
Easy Bolognese
Traditional Sunday Sauce
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Easy One-Pan Pasta Meal?

Remember you can buy the tubes already made however cannelloni pasta is much different than true homemade manicotti shells.

Store-bought is thick and nothing like the thin pasta crepe you will get from making our Homemade Manicotti Shell Recipe!

If you want a true Italian pasta experience make the Traditional Italian Sunday Tomato Sauce, Homemade Ricotta Cheese and Manicotti Shells all from scratch you won't be sorry!

Homemade Manicotti Italian Stuffed Pasta

Homemade Manicotti Italian Stuffed Pasta

Yield: 18
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 26 MinTotal time: 36 Min
This is a casserole of homemade manicotti which is a thin crepe pasta filled with ricotta cheese topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese then baked.


  • Ricotta Filling Recipe for Manicotti Shells
  • 2 lbs. Homemade Ricotta cheese or your favorite brand
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup grated cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese 1 cup extra for topping


  1. (Step By Step) You Will Need:
  2. 18 manicotti shells
  3. Make or buy manicotti shells
  4. 4 cups of Italian Meat Sauce
  5. Make or buy your favorite Tomato Meat Sauce
  6. 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  7. Optional Fillings:
  8. For Spinach, Manicotti add 1/2 cup drained frozen to the ricotta mixture
  9. For all meat: omit the ricotta and mash meatballs in sauce and sausage in sauce in a bowl and stuffed with the meat mixture
  10. Instructions:
  11. Mix the ricotta cheese with everything listed under the ingredients in the first part of the recipe above(eggs, grated cheese, pepper, fresh parsley, salt, mozzarella).
  12. Fill the manicotti shell with 1 or 2 tablespoons of the fillings of choice.
  13. Place them in an oil sprayed casserole dish.
  14. Top them with tomato sauce then the extra shredded mozzarella cheese.
  15. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese starts to be lightly brown.
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  1. Wow - you make your own pasta shells for this. And ricotta. Impressive.

  2. Great minds think alike!! I made these last night just not so homemade as yours! Great recipe thanks!

  3. We can't go wrong with Mom's recipe!!

  4. simple delicious we make similar with a mould and filling

  5. Thank you for this recipe. I'm going to attempt to make my own shells. It may end in disaster, but I'm going to try.

  6. Claudia, this is a perfect manicotti, and with the homemade ricotta cheese, just amazing!

    Bon appetit!

  7. Wait! I think that's my mom's recipe! Lucky for you it looks as delicious as hers. And with the nights cooling, this is amust-do.

  8. These manicotti look so incredibly appealing. I personally have not made them with this type of dough. I usually fill thin crepes with a Ricotta filling similar to yours ;o)

    Thanks for all your dedication in the kitchen ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  9. Your manicotti sound super delicious especially with homemade ricotta!

  10. I think homemade pasta is so much better then store bought. With the right equipment it is not hard to make and freezes so well. You manicotti look so good that I want to make them.


  11. oh my goodness, cheesy manacotti, and homemade is the best! Thanks for the recipe! Roz

  12. We need more Italian Americans like you.


  13. Looks delicious Claudia. We made them once and really enjoyed the process and the outcome.

  14. Are there any leftovers? I'd love some. Congrats to your hubby. Best of luck in his new career.


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