Zucchini Manicotti

cheesy baked zucchini
Cheesy baked zucchini
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1 ½ cups Ricotta cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated , divided
1 Large eggs lightly beaten
1 clove Garlic minced
½ tsp Dried Italian seasoning
Kosher Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground , to taste
4 Zucchini medium, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 cup Marinara sauce
1 ½ cup Mozzarella shredded
2 tbsp Basil thinly sliced, fresh or parsley  

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Zucchini Manicotti


Zucchini Manicotti is my go to recipe when I fancy a cheesy baked Italian dish but I am not in the mood for a heavy lasagne. Manicotti literally means “little sleeves” in Italian and I always think of that description as I roll up ricotta filling in slices of zucchini. This recipe doesn’t use any pasta so it makes a great light midweek meal. 

I start by preparing a ricotta filling for the zucchini. I mix ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, and Italian seasoning together in a bowl. Then I lay zucchini slices on a work surface and place ricotta mixture on the zucchini which I then roll up tightly and place in a baking dish. I repeat this step until I have used all of the zucchini and ricotta. I then pour marinara sauce over the zucchini and top with cheese. 20 minutes in the oven and hey presto! A delicious and satisfying meal. 

To make Zucchini Manicotti, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Zucchini Manicotti


Heat oven and prepare a baking dish


Preheat the oven to 350 °F and grease a large baking dish with cooking spray.


Make the ricotta filling


In a medium bowl, mix the ricotta, ½ a cup of Parmesan, egg, garlic, and Italian seasoning together. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix until fully combined.


Assemble the manicotti


Place three zucchini slices on a clean work surface so that they overlap slightly. Place a spoon of ricotta mixture on top of each slice. Roll up tight and transfer the manicotti to the baking dish.




Repeat with remaining zucchini slices and ricotta mixture.


Add marinara sauce


Pour marinara sauce over the zucchini and sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese and mozzarella over the top.




Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the zucchini is tender and the cheese has melted.



Garnish with fresh chopped basil and serve immediately.

Zucchini Manicotti is a light and healthy midweek meal - it is quick and easy to make and tastes amazing. Try it soon and come back to leave a comment with your thoughts!

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Total Reviews: 15
Lexie Jurs

This is a mixture of brilliance and perfection in one, the flavours are absolute perfection.

Everleigh Zohn

My favorite Italian dish so far, really proud of myself for being able to make something this delicious, thanks for sharing this recipe.

Yaretzy Wig

Great recipe, thanks will be cooking it again for sure.

Asha Shomer

Very cheese dish and I'm lactose but this was totally worth trying at least once, now I know I'll be investing in some lactase pills just so i can digest this delish dinner again!

Aiyanna Nau

Had this for dinner with my husband with some white wine on the side, we both enjoyed it a lot thanks so much :)

Mara Platfoot

Yummy!! Best dinner I've had in a long time and even better, I made it myself!

Skylynn Onasch

The mozzarella cheese was a really good idea, it taste very good with zucchini, never thought of it before.

Coraline Allrich

I'm very shocked this took little to no time to cook at all, this was really good.

Ali Bunfill

Bookmarked this page, you guys honestly have the best dishes out there, I made this and Matcha chia pudding for dessert afterwards.

Holland Shusterman

It was tasty but I really prefer the broccoli bacon pasta instead, that Italian dish is more my style.

Emilee Didio

Really good, never thought you could make a lasagna type dish out of zucchini, really good.

Cara Plescia

Going to be making this next week again for me and the family, hopefully they like it as much as I did.

Mae Heitkemper

Zucchini manicotti has got to be the best and easiest Italian dish to make out there right now, it's soooo good.

Zaria Vinette

Melted in my mouth, so delicious i'm in love!


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