Ricotta Manicotti with Tomato Sauce

Our version of this beloved Italian-American dish is straightforward and delicious. Freeze any remaining sauce, and use within the next two months.

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  • Servings: 6
Ricotta Manicotti with Tomato Sauce

Source: Everyday Food, December 2005


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti, cooked, drained, and cooled
  • 2 containers (15 ounces each) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 ounce dried mushrooms such as shiitake (optional), soaked and drained (see cooks' note), and finely chopped (optional)
  • 4 cups Basic Tomato Sauce


  1. Cook pasta, drain, and cool. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta, eggs, thyme, oregano, and 1 cup Parmesan. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Stir in mushrooms, if desired.

  2. Using a plastic bag for filling, stuff cooled pasta shells (about 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture in each).

  3. Coat bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with 2 cups tomato sauce. Line up manicotti in baking dish, and cover with 2 cups sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes

Cover mushrooms with warm water, soak 20 minutes or until soft. Lift from liquid, rinse under cool water, pat dry.


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