How to make Homemade Manicotti

How to make homemade manicotti

How to make Homemade Manicotti

If you like Italian food, nothing is better than homemade. This is our family recipe for homemade manicotti with ricotta cheese. Growing up this was always a favorite family gathering dish and perfect for the Holidays.

This recipe will walk you through how to make your own homemade manicotti shells or crepes, as we like to call them, and mix the ricotta cheese.

After that, all you need to do is fill the shells roll them up, and bake in a baking dish with your favorite tomato sauce.

Serve with a nice salad and some fresh Italian bread. This will easily serve 5 to 6 people.

Ingredients For Homemade Manicotti Shells:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • Pinch of salt
This will make about 20 Homemade Manicotti Shells

Homemade manicotti batter

Combine all of the ingredients for the shells and mix until you have a smooth batter. Set the batter aside for about 20 or 30 minutes. Use this time to mix the ricotta cheese filling.

Manicotti Shells

Use a non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1/4 cup of batter for one shell.

Make homemade manicotti crepes

After about 30 or 40 seconds flip the shell over to cook the other side.

Homemade manicotti shells

Set them on a rack or wax paper to cool.

Ingredients for the Ricotta Cheese Filling:

  • 2 pounds of ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt

  1. Combine the ingredients for the shells in a medium mixing bowl, mix until you have a smooth batter.
  2. Set the batter aside and for about 20 or 30 minutes.
  3. Spray an 8” non-stick pan with cooking spray, set to medium heat on the stove.
  4. Pour a ¼ cup of batter at a time into the pan; tilt the pan from side to side so the batter spreads. After about 30 or 40 seconds flip the shell to cook the other side.
  5. Set each shell on a wire rack or parchment paper to cool.
  6. Now mix your ricotta cheese ingredients in a large bowl.
  7. Spoon the ricotta cheese into the center of the shells, about 2 to 3 tablespoons each.
  8. Fold the shell together so it overlaps.
  9. Grease a large baking dish and spread some tomato sauce on the bottom.
  10. Place the manicotti in the baking dish side by side with the fold on the bottom.
  11. Cover the top with tomato sauce and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
  12. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
You might also like our Homemade Cavatelli

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy.


  1. Wonderful recipe! Thank you for this, as I never had a homemade manicotti recipe until now. I always used the bought stuff, which isn't nearly as delicious as this will be.

  2. Nancy, I'm sure you'll enjoy this, and it's not that difficult to make. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  3. I wonder if it's possible to make this partly with quinoa flour. I'm looking forward to trying this.

  4. I wonder if it's possible to make this partly with quinoa flour. I'm looking forward to trying this.

    1. Hi Tanya, I don't know why that wouldn't work, let me know how they come out if you try it. Thanks for stopping by :)

    2. I will. You're most welcome.

  5. Love authentic Italian recipes... thank you for sharing this one!

  6. Sounds and looks delicious! Thanks Sam!

    1. Thank you, Susan, for stopping by and sharing. Have a great weekend :)

  7. Never even heard of manicotti before. It sounds delicious.

  8. Nice, although I'd love them puffed up with cheese even more! These beat lasagna any day of the week.

  9. These sound delicious I have not heard of these but I am sure the family will love them...Thank you, Sam..

  10. I always make the stuffing but never the shells -- thank you for this recipe. Will definitely make it this way next time. You make it look so easy

  11. I love that you go right to scratch on your recipes. For dough, pastry, and noodles recipes you are my hero.

  12. This is on my list of recipes to try. I've never made manicotti shells. Thank you for sharing!


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