Make-Ahead Manicotti

Make-Ahead Manicotti is another one of our family’s favorite meals! While this dish may appear difficult to prepare, it is actually quite simple when using uncooked pasta. In addition, the manicotti can be filled in the morning and refrigerated until baking time, preventing a last-minute rush in the kitchen.

Make-Ahead Manicotti


  • 1 8 oz. pkg. manicotti, uncooked
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz. mozarella cheese
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3 c. spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/4 c. water
  • Additional mozarella cheese for topping if desired


  • For filling, mix together cheeses, egg, salt, and pepper. Fill uncooked manicotti with cheese mixture and place in greased 9x13 pan. May be refrigerated overnight or baked immediately.
  • To bake, pre-heat oven to 400. (If your manicotti has been refrigerated, be sure to remove it from the refrigerator about an hour before baking time.)
  • In a saucepan, stir spaghetti sauce and water together; bring to a boil. Pour over manicotti. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Remove foil and top manicotti with additional mozarella cheese, if desired; bake for 5-10 minutes more. Serve with additional spaghetti sauce, if desired.
  • Note: Sometimes if the manicotti has been refrigerated overnight, the shell will crack when the hot sauce is poured over. This is not usually a problem, because the filling helps hold the shell in place, and the mozarella cheese topping covers any visible imperfection.

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  1. The Better Baker says:

    This looks wonderful. I know my hubby would really dive into this dish, so I am pinning it for now. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. Please come back soon. Have a blessed week!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind comments, and for pinning my recipe, as well! It’s nice to know that we are “neighbors”–only one state away. 🙂
      I am a new follower of your blog (I love to bake!).
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. These look SO good, Judy! I am definitely going to try them for my pasta-loving family! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful holiday! Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Many blessings, Lisa