Home Made Manicotti for Our Vintage Recipe Swap

homemade Manicotti

I could almost hear our fearless leader Christianna giggling as she sent out this months recipe swap, I truly believe that she thought she had us stumped!   Actually I have to admit that some of my best posts have come out of our swap.  If you’re not familiar with our Vintage Recipe Swap, it was the brain child of my friend Chrisitanna of Burwell General Store.   I have been lucky enough to be part of this group for a little over a year, we’re on our second cookbook  The Second Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes from Favorite Eating Places first published in 1954.   This month’s recipe comes from the Toklat Wilderness Lodge in Ashcroft, Colorado.

I have to admit when I read this recipe I started laughing out loud, thinking of Ham Snails and I actually came up with a few different ideas, but that of course was a month ago when Christianna sent it out to us.  Today when I opened again, well that was a different story.   I had a few ideas, and then looked to see what I had on hand to work with, and didn’t have to think to long to come up with home made Manicotti.    The idea of the swap is to change at least 3 of the ingredients, making the recipe your own, while trying to stay somewhat true to the original.   Let’s say we do have a lot of latitude in the process!   But when you stop and think about it, you can make sense out of what I did finally create for our swap.   My entry is rolled and does have a filling, that might be where the similarity stops, but this is how we have fun with our recipe recipe, some may be a little left of the original idea but they’re certainly always tasty!

I do try to make most of what I use from scratch, but there are certain items that are just too good and are too much of a time saver to pass up.  Now I’m not saying that I would never make my own fresh pasta sheets, but when you can get really good quality fresh pasta sheets, it’s almost a duh moment not to use them.  To be honest with you, I don’t even remember why I originally bought them a few weeks ago, but there they were!

There are certain items I try to always have on hand and ricotta is one of them, so luckily I had everything I needed to make my manicotti.  Using the pasta sheets, they were incredibly easy to make, and so much better than even the best homemade I have bought in specialty stores.  So if you haven’t tried making them, you really need to, if you feel so inclined you could make your own ravioli out of the pasta sheets too!

home made manicotti

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Home Made Manicotti
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
  • 32 oz ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated romano cheese
  • 2 large eggs - lightly beaten
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian parsley - finely chopped
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package fresh pasta sheets (6 sheets)
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. In a mixing bowl add the all of the ingredients for the filling (reserving half of the shredded mozzarella to use as a topping) mix well until fully blended.
  3. cut each pasta sheet in half to make to (aprox) 6x6 inch squares
  4. place 2 or 3 spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture at one end of the square and roll it into a log (wet the end of the sheet with water to help seal it)*
  5. add a little marinara to the bottom of the baking dish you are using
  6. place each log with the seam side down in a baking dish and repeat until you have used all the pasta sheets and ricotta. I made 12 from this mix
  7. after you placed all the manicotti in your baking dish, cover with marinara and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and top with shredded mozzarella and bake for 5 more minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  9. Allow manicotti to rest for 5 minutes before serving so the cheese has a chance to set up well.
  10. Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread and enjoy!
*if the manicotti does not seem full at each end use a spoon to finish filling the ends.

Here is the marinara sauce recipe I have been using for twenty some years if you would like to try making it.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and be sure to check out the links at the bottom of the page to see all of the great swap recipes this month, I know you’ll have fun reading them!


  1. Awesome! That looks great, and the funny thing is I was going to make lasagna rolls (which didn’t work, so I just ended up with regular old lasagna). Why didn’t I think of manicotti? 🙂

  2. Looks absolutely mouthwatering!

  3. This looks soooo yummy! I am bookmarking this one and heading over to check out your marinara sauce recipe… Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks fantastic! I love that folks are coming up with such original ideas!

  5. Oh this homemade manicotti is just so irresistable ! I am tempted to just grab it from the screen right now (and I had a big dinner at that!). Thanks for sharing this, Chef Dennis. Glad you’re part of the Vintage Recipe Swap because you’re bringing us some pretty fantastic recipes! Have a great week!

  6. Very good recipe, something to try for dinner.

  7. I’ve got manicotti on my make soon list and yours looks awesome.

  8. Anything stuffed with cheese is a winner in my book. This looks delicious.

  9. I’m sad to say that the only manicotti I’ve ever had was the elementary school variety. I think it’s about time I had the real thing! This looks great!

  10. Your manicotti looks great, Chef Dennis. I just saved your sauce recipe to try this year as well. I don’t know why, but I always prefer sauces made from crushed tomatoes over any other!

  11. That looks great! Always such a homey and hearty feeling for me when I have pasta. YUM

  12. It sounds like a fun swap…gotta smile at some of the vintage cookbooks! This does look amazing. I wish I had ricotta cheese on hand all the time. I will try your marinara sauce soon!

  13. I really love the idea of the vintage cookbook swap! I inherited a stack of old cookbooks from my grandmother in law and they are filled with classics as well as recipes that are quite terrifying. For example Squirrel Mulligan doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Anyway, thanks for sharing the concept of the swap and the manicotti looks beautiful!

  14. We always make homemade manicotti in my family. It’s such a special meal and its so worth all the time to make each shell!

  15. mmm i love manicotti, they are like tiny little lasagnas. very nice!

  16. I love love loooooove manicotti. It was my favorite meal growing up, actually! I think this recipe makes perfect sense an an interpretation of ham snails (you stuff cheese into a shell!). Plus, I’m really hungry as I’m looking at this post…and your manicotti looks especially wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Dennis!

  17. This sounds interesting and looks yummy too!:) Definitely an enjoyable read, and I thought it was some gourmet food when I first saw it. Great job for the homemade food which turned out to be so stunning!:)

  18. Look amazing Dennis, and love your pictures!!

  19. Dude I hope you saved me some. Hoping on a plane right now.

  20. I dont think so I have ever tried Manicotti, I am not even sure if I know this dish, but it looks and sounds like my kind of think. The cheese combination must make it a memorable dish!

    sure making fresh pasta sheets is a time killer but it realy makes a big difference if u use home made or bought ones, in my opinion. But even I have to manage the little time I have in my life so I end up finaly buying more then making pasta.

  21. Oh, my, oh, my! I want this on my plate VERY soon! Fabulous dish, my friend!

  22. The idea of little piggie snails has me laughing out loud and I can not for the life of me explain what is making me laugh to my boyfriend who is asking as I type. I love your take – and love reading these vintage recipe swaps as I come across them from other blogs too.


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