One Pot Manicotti Pasta Bake Recipe

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It’s perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.

Manicotti Pasta Bake being scooped out of a blue pot.

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As a food blogger, I cook a lot of food all the time. Luckily, my good friend Sarah takes the surplus off my hands. Nothing goes to waste. She’s a gem.

But Sarah didn’t get any of this Manicotti Pasta Bake.

You probably wouldn’t share, either. It was pretty darn good.

I started with my favorite Homemade Meat Sauce. I cut the recipe in half (that recipe makes enough for lasagna and this One Pot Pasta). I added the pasta and enough water to cook it. All in one pot, right on the stove top.

Homemade meat sauce with shell noodles in a blue pot.

Then I piled on the cheese. Dollop, sprinkle, then bake until hot and bubbly.

Ricotta cheese being added to the homemade pasta sauce and shell noodles mixture.

And that’s it! Serve up giant bowls of the stuff, go back for seconds, and hide your leftovers. (Just kidding, Sarah. I’ll make you a batch!)

5 from 5 votes

One Pot Manicotti Pasta Bake Recipe

This easy Manicotti Pasta Bake comes together in just one pot! It's perfect for busy weeknights or any time you want a truly delicious, comforting meal at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 460kcal
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 pound uncooked medium shell pasta
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese shredded
  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees. In a Dutch oven or large oven-safe pot, cook beef and onion over medium heat until mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well.
  • Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in water, pasta, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, fennel, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Drop large spoonfuls of ricotta on top of pasta. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Inspired by my recipe for Homemade Meat Sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 460kcal

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  1. Karen

    Is the oven temp really 475 for this? Seems a little high so I want to make sure.

    1. meggan

      Hi Karen, yes. Basically the whole point of putting the dish in the oven is to melt the cheese. So, you could do that at a lower temperature but it would just take longer. At 475 degrees, the cheese (giant piles of ricotta and lots of mozzarella) melt in 15 to 20 minutes. The pasta and sauce are already hot going in to the oven so it’s literally just about melting the cheese. I will definitely test it at a lower temperature, even 450, to see if that causes much of an increase in baking time (perhaps it does not). Thanks for your question.

  2. Mary

    Tomato paste? I see it in the directions but not the ingredient list. How much?

    1. meggan

      Hi Mary! Sorry about that, the tomato paste is a typo. I copied the sauce recipe from my original Homemade Meat Sauce recipe, but I left the paste out in this version when I made it because it wasn’t necessary. I was looking for a slightly looser sauce since I was cooking the pasta in it. Sorry for the confusion, I hope this makes sense, and thanks for letting me know.

  3. Oh damn Meggan this looks so superb!  Seriously!  Ricotta in there with the Mozz… I’m dying,  This is TOO good!5 stars

  4. Debbie

    Wow!! I absolutely adore cheese so loving this dish!! And looks so easy as well!! 5 stars

  5. Bowls of this sounds like the perfect amount!!!5 stars

  6. Love that you cooked this all in one pot, Meggan, and added SO MUCH CHEESE! Really, how can you go wrong? :-)5 stars

  7. grace

    jackpot! LOVE this idea!5 stars

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