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Three Cheese Manicotti

by Amy D

Something really exciting happened this week! We’ve been stuck inside a ton lately because it’s been rainy and a sloppy, muddy, not very warm mess outside. Well, I spent like 60 hours inside my house painting like a crazy person, not stepping foot outside and lo and behold when I finally did emerge–I found it had changed to full on summer. Yay! I should note when I finally did step out into the light of day I did so looking like a slasher film victim, our paint is this deep maroonish red and dried on skin it looks a lot like blood. To my dismay, upon that first step onto the porch, I discovered I’d inadvertently been involved in a triple homicide, errr planticide.  My poor porch flowers. They are all pretty much fried since I hadn’t realized how hot it had gotten. Whoops.


Also added to my really exciting happenings list for the week, the carpenters finished their work except for one ceiling (it isn’t finished because I haven’t ordered it yet, because it’s the one thing in this whole remodel that my hubs and I can’t agree on). But yeah, the carpenters and their mess are out.  And the plumber finished with his work, so he is also gone. And this week was church camp so my big kids are gone, and my youngest went to stay with Grandma for a few days so I could paint.

I got to sleep in.

It was ahhmazing!


There’s still quite a bit of work to do on the house, painting woodwork, cleaning, deciding what is going to be put back and what needs to be sold/donated/trashed. So I don’t have before and after pics just yet. But for the most part, the majority of the work is done and I can tell you I love it, especially my kitchen. Here’s a little sneak peek. rsz_sneakpeakkitchenedit

Many moons ago one of my most favorite readers, (shout out to you Miss K!) asked me if I could post a pasta recipe. Disclaimer: If you have a problem with store-bought marinara sauce I suggest you stop reading right here. Someday I might take the leap to homemade marinara sauce, but I don’t have an Italian grandmother rolling over in her grave because of my penchant towards Prego, so today’s not that day. Mmkay? Mmkay. manicotti6edit


The manicotti recipe that I am sharing with you today is one of our family favorites. It’s one of the handful of recipes that I have that everyone in my house loves. I never ever hear complaints about this one or have any leftovers from it, which is interesting to me because it’s a meatless dish. My three cheese manicotti is one of those dishes that turns into a delicious, melted cheesy mess in the best way possible. Full of cottage cheese, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, eggs and garlic, it’s got the goodies to make you say yum.  It makes a batch big enough for a ginormous 9×13 pan packed to the brim.  Add a salad and some bread sticks and you’ve got dinner. Don’t you love things that come together so easily? I know I do.



I tried something different with the photography when I was making this manicotti. It was the first time back really cooking in my new and improved kitchen.  I wanted to see how the lighting was and how everything really looked with the changes in place, so these photos of this manicotti are all done without any kind of photo props or staging. They are completely 100% from my kitchen to yours. What you see is what you get. Mere seconds after I took this photo I sat down and polished this plate off and then another and another. You get the point.


Three Cheese Manicotti

Cheesy and comforting, Three Cheese Manicotti makes a great meatless main dish. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword manicotti,
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Amy D.


  • 8 ounce box manicotti shells
  • 24 ounce jar of pasta sauce
  • 1 lb 8oz container cottage cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat a large pot of water to boiling and boil the manicotti shells for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, garlic, basil, 1 cup parmesan cheese, and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.
  4. In a 9x13 greased baking dish, spread a little less than half of the pasta sauce. Using a spoon, fill each manicotti shell. Arrange the manicotti in the baking dish and cover with the remaining sauce. Take care to ensure that all of the manicotti shells have sauce on them so they don't get dried out while baking.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup parmesan over the top. Return to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.



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Ginger July 26, 2015 - 1:05 pm

I’m about to make a pan for dinner and a pan to freeze. John is really excited manicotti is his favorite. I love the plate it’s on, where did you get it?

Chelsie June 14, 2015 - 10:27 pm

Um, this looks so yummy! I’ve tried something similar with jumbo pasta shells but they are pretty hard to cut up and eat I bet this would be easier!

Susan Gaddis June 13, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Drooling! Oh. My. Gosh. That looks so good. Will add it to my recipe file for our next family dinner.

Amy June 14, 2015 - 1:40 pm

Thanks, when you make it for your family be sure to let me know how they like it Susan.

Christina June 12, 2015 - 10:28 pm

Yum! Pinning this for sure. My family will love it.

Bonnie Lyn Smith @ Espressos of Faith June 12, 2015 - 10:12 am

Fantastic! Pinned! I love hearing about the renovations and LOL-ed at your Prego comment! I’m the same girl, Baby! Same. Girl! Laughed at your plant story too, since I just wrote about planting, and you so nicely left a comment. Nice to have you coming back to the blog world! Blessings!

Amy June 12, 2015 - 3:04 pm

Yay! I love hearing that someone has pinned a recipe of mine. It makes me all giddy. Yes, I chuckled when I popped over and saw that you had also been talking about planting. But you know, you guys were actually growing things, not killing them. I actually do have many plants thriving, they just all happen to be weeds. LOL!

kristen June 12, 2015 - 9:30 am

woah, this looks amazing! I’d be the best wife in the world if I made this! Thanks for sharing!!

Rosemond Cates June 12, 2015 - 8:48 am

I LOVE manicotti! I haven’t had it in ages….pinning!


Krystal June 12, 2015 - 8:25 am

I just showed my husband and he asked when we were making it! Looks delicious!

Logan Can June 12, 2015 - 8:13 am

Wow, I can’t even remember the last time I slept in! That is so nice! This recipe looks delicious!

Amy June 12, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Thank you Logan. Here’s to hoping you get to sleep in soon too.

Gina B June 11, 2015 - 1:09 pm

Manicotti, mmm, and oh look at that, REAL CHEESE. Awesome! Good luck getting through the reno. Yikes.

Amy June 12, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Yes, who doesn’t love stuff piled with gobs of melted cheese? Thanks Gina, I am so happy to be able to say that we have made it past the worst of the renovation. It was a long month!

Kathie June 11, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Yummm!!! This looks good – as does the pictures and kitchen. Can’t wait to see finished reno – photos.
I love love love pasta of any type. Usually go with an Alfredo sauce but anything saucy cheesy works for me.
We make our own Alfredo sauce but usually use boughten marinara

Amy June 12, 2015 - 2:56 pm

Me too Kathie, on the homemade Alfredo sauce and loving anything pasta and cheesy. Anytime we go to an Italian restaurant where the waitstaff offers to freshly grate the cheese on your plate I’m like keep it coming, keep it coming, don’t worry I’ll tell you to stop, but only after you’ve grated a small mountain!


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