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  • 12 large manicotti shells
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided use
  • 2 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 2 tablespoons dried basil)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar prepared marinara sauce, divided use
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cool water, and set aside on paper towels to drain while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine 3 cups of the mozzarella cheese, ricotta, fresh basil and garlic powder. Using a teaspoon, carefully stuff cheese mixture into drained manicotti shells, filling evenly.
  5. Spoon 2 cups of marinara sauce into the prepared baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti over sauce, then top with remaining marinara sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake manicotti for 15 minutes, then sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and bake for 10 minutes longer.