Ham-Stuffed Manicotti

Ham-stuffed Manicotti

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Ruth Ann Vokac


I found this recipe originally in Microwave Times, Volume 5, No. 5. September 1979. I made it many times, and then I couldn't find the recipe. In 2013, I went through all my saved Microwave Times and finally found it again.

I no longer follow all the instructions for using a microwave--not sure I ever did.

It is a delicious dish, but there are years when I am being a good Weight Watcher that I don't make it.

Does anyone else remember the Microwave Times newsletters?


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30 Min
30 Min


  • 14
    manicotti shells
  • 1 tsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    red pepper, minced
  • 8 oz
    fresh mushrooms, diced
  • 1 1/2 lb
    ham, ground
  • 1 pkg
    frozen peas (or diced broccoli or asparagus)
  • 1 c
    creamed cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2
    eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    prepared ground mustard

  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 small
    onion, minced
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    chives, diced
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese or other cheese of your choice
  • ·

How to Make Ham-Stuffed Manicotti


  1. Cook manicotti shells per package directions. Drain and set aside. (I usually cook a couple fewer minutes than suggested. The shells are easier to fill, and they do finish cooking in the baking process.)
  2. Microwave peas 2-3 minutes until thawed.

    (Or partially cook broccoli or asparagus.)
  3. Sauté peppers in oil for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms, and sauté until mushrooms are wilted.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine ground ham, eggs, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, mustard, mushrooms, red peppers, and peas. Mix well.
  5. Stuff manicotti shells with ham/cheese mixture. Arrange in two 9" x 12" dishes sprayed with cooking spray. Spoon any leftover filling at ends of shells.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. In a sauté pan, add butter and minced onion. Sauté until onion is soft. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in milk and chives. Cook until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Stir until the cheeses melt.
  8. Pour 1/2 of sauce mixture evenly over shells in each dish.
  9. Sprinkle with paprika.

    Bake 30-45 minutes until bubbly.

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About Ham-Stuffed Manicotti

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American

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