Published Oct 4th
Christmas Eve Manicotti
Prep 1h Cook 1h Additional 1h Ready In 3h
Servings 8 servings Calories 505.1

My mother is full-blooded Sicilian. Christmas Eve we celebrated the Vigil and had 7 fish dishes. Since my children were not super fans of anything more than shrimp, I made manicotti to add to the squid and octopus they didn’t like. The crepes and the fluffy cheese and spinach filling are sure to satisfy vegetarians as well.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ¼ cups milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, or more as needed
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach - thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups prepared marinara sauce, or as needed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Whisk 4 eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a bowl; gradually whisk flour into eggs, alternating with milk, to make a smooth batter. Whisk melted butter into batter; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. 2 Pour vegetable oil into a small bowl. Heat a small skillet over medium heat; brush skillet with vegetable oil using a pastry brush. Ladle in enough batter to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet, about 1/4 cup; swirl skillet to cover bottom completely. Cook crepe until it turns lightly golden brown on the bottom; flip and cook until other side has small brown spots. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing the skillet with oil as needed to prevent crepes from sticking; set cooked crepes aside between layers of waxed paper.
  3. 3 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. 4 Lightly mix spinach, ricotta cheese, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, green onion, onion powder, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 eggs in a bowl until filling is thoroughly combined.
  5. 5 Spread 1 cup marinara sauce into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place a crepe onto a work surface and spoon about 3 tablespoons filling, or more as needed, in a line down the center of each crepe. Roll crepe over filling and set into sauce in pan; repeat with remaining crepes and filling, laying filled crepes into pan. Spread remaining marinara sauce over filled crepes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. 6 Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling and mozzarella cheese is melted and slightly browned, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 505.1
  • Carbohydrate 42.1 g
  • Cholesterol 203.1 mg
  • Fat 26.4 g
  • Fiber 3.7 g
  • Protein 25.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 13.7 g
  • Sodium 886.4 mg
  • Sugar 10.1 g

Chef's Notes

The first crepe never comes out right! Don't despair and try again. You can put mozzarella cheese in the filling also; make some with spinach and some without. Add-ins are endless.


  1. My wife has a gluten sensitivity, so I substituted gluten-free all-purpose flour and it turned out great! Family and guests absolutely loved it.
  2. I doubled the spinach and added garlic. It was wonderful and everyone loved it.
  3. Delicious! I made this for Christmas Eve. And my family loved it. I did not make crepes I used manicotti tubes instead. The only other change I made was using fresh spinach. This may be a new tradition for us.
  4. Absolutely amazing! Definitely going in the monthly menu rotation! Thank you for such a great recipe!
  5. We thought this was very good. I made half the recipe but used the full amount of spinach which worked out very well. Next time I will sauté some onions instead of using the onion powder.
  6. Delicious!!Love it with spinach!
  7. This recipe was not bad at all. I made it for a Christmas Eve get-together with my family and we ate it with baby back ribs. It was not too difficult to make and my family enjoyed it. I used chopped fresh spinach which was what I had on hand and that was delicious but - Read more ...