Introduction: Handmade Four-Cheese Manicotti

Treat your guests to a sumptuous Italian entree that begins with handmade manicotti noodles. In just thirty minutes or so, you can make the homemade crepe-style noodles from scratch; and fill them with a rich, four-cheese filling.

Definitely company-worthy, yet quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner.




  • 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 t. salt


  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning


  • 1 jar (28 oz.) spaghetti sauce
  • 1-1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan cheese


  • Metal mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • 8" skillet
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 13"x9" baking dish
  • Stovetop
  • Oven

Step 1: Prepare the Crepes

Place flour in a bowl; whisk in milk, eggs, and salt until smooth.

Pour about 2 Tablespoons of batter onto a hot, greased 8-inch skillet; quickly spread into a 5-6" circle. Cook over medium heat until set; do not brown or turn.

Repeat with remaining batter; set crepes aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Filling

For filling, combine cheeses, egg, and Italian seasoning.

Step 3: Assemble the Manicotti

Spoon 3 Tablespoons of filling down the center of each crepe; roll up, burrito-style.

Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into an ungreased 13"x9" baking dish.

Place crepes, seam-side down, over the sauce.

Pour remaining sauce over the top.

Step 4: Bake

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


Top with remaining 1-1/2 c. mozzarella cheese, and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 more minutes.

Step 5: Serve

Serve while hot with crusty French bread and a spinach salad.

Yield: 6 servings.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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