Easy 4-Cheese Mini Manicotti

Easy 4-Cheese Mini Manicotti

They Easy 4-Cheese Mini Manicotti have all the classical, cheesy flavors of a traditional manicotti only smaller, bite-sized. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Rachel


  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese fancy or fine shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb rigatoni pasta uncooked
  • 1 24 oz spaghetti sauce whatever kind you prefer
  • 1 1/2 spaghetti sauce jars hot water 24 to 36 oz, but you may add up to 12 oz more if pasta is not covered


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Mix cheeses, eggs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together to make cheese filling.

  3. Using a piping bag or Ziploc bag with a Wilton No. 12 piping tip, pipe cheese filling into each uncooked rigatoni noodle.  Place in a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  4. In a large bowl or pitcher, mix spaghetti sauce and hot water.  You want enough sauce to cover the pasta.  Pour over stuffed pasta.  It will be very liquidy.  The pasta will absorb most of the liquid when baking.

  5. Cover with tinfoil and bake for 45-50 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed and pasta is cooked through.

  6. Garnish with cheese and fresh basil.

  7. For appetizers, stick a toothpick in each cheese-stuffed noodle, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.

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32 Responses

  1. Jessica Egbert says:

    I love manicotti!!! This is such a great idea.

  2. Jen says:

    this looks absolutely delicious!! can’t wait to try this out!

  3. Robin says:

    This looks incredible. Oh my gosh!!!!!

  4. Emily Jones says:

    What great food photos ! Yum Yum

    • Rachel says:

      Thank you, Emily! I just started blogging about my food a few months ago. To hear someone else say that about my photos is amazing and so appreciated! Thanks again!

  5. gunjan says:

    Oh Yum! Pasta!!! This is a fantastic easy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Why haven’t I thought of this before? I love manicotti, and mini manicotti… YUM!

  7. You made that gorgeous meal that simply?! I’m seriously impressed – it looks amazing!

  8. Kathy says:

    First I thought , Really !!
    But after reading through I can’t wait to try this !!

  9. Tessa says:

    These look amazing!!! They are bringing me back to my Italian Roots!!! 🙂

  10. Sharon says:

    Aw those little manicotti are so cute! What a genius idea! I love how you used the piping bag to get them full of the ricotta. So perfect! I gotta try this out. Pinning for later.

  11. Mary says:

    What a cute idea! I’ve never thought of filling riatoni before. I love them as the appetizer on the toothpick.

  12. Ashleigh says:

    Wow, this pasta recipe looks amazing! I I love trying new recipes, thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to try it!

  13. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    You did a great job with this recipe!! It looks delicious, and I would love to have some for dinner tonight. Wonderful idea!

  14. Manicotti is one of my favourite pasta dishes & making a mini version is so awesome! This will be a great little appetizer for parties! Love this so much!

  15. This looks seriously delicious!! I can’t wait to try this recipe out!!

  16. Poonam says:

    Yum! This looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this for dinner soon

  17. I have to give this a try it looks so so so yummy! Oh I need this ASAP

  18. Cat says:

    What a great recipe! Definitely going to have to try this–thanks!

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