Goat Cheese Manicotti

My sister sent me a guest post without any prodding from me – clearly blogging runs in our blood. 

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As I’m sure you’ve gathered in Elise’s previous blogs, as kids one of our (or at least my) favorite meals was manicotti.  Its also one of the first dishes I learned to cook as my mom would "let" us mix and stuff the shells (I’m pretty sure looking back on it now it was a ploy to get us to help out in the kitchen, but I guess it worked – take notes, Elise!).

Anyway, since becoming lactose intolerant I have been craving some good home-cooked manicotti.  I know Elise has already posted recipes with tofu as a ricotta replacement as well as a Sabra hummus option (can you tell I’m a regular reader?), but Australia doesn’t have Sabra and I was too lazy to experiment with the tofu shenanigans so I went rogue and experimented with my own creation.  I don’t want to toot my own horn too much but it was delicious so I thought I had to share with you kind people. 🙂

Goat Cheese Manicotti [vegetarian, lactose free]

Ingredients (excuse the metric system):

  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 250ish grams (~1 1/4 cups) frozen spinach
  • 300 grams (~1 1/2 cups) goat’s cheese
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 (24 oz) jar tomato sauce of choice
  • 1 box (~12) manicotti shells


Chop onion, garlic, and sauté in pan with grated zucchini.
Thaw and drain spinach.
Mix all together in bowl (minus the tomato sauce).
Stuff into uncooked shells.
Pour half of sauce in bottom of pan, add stuffed shells and top with remaining sauce.
Cook in oven at 200 degrees Celsius (375 F) for ~35 minutes.

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I hope you enjoy your super easy lactose-free manicotti as much as I did!

[Elise, if you want to change this from the metric system so its easier for your readers go for it…I just couldn’t be bothered. Too busy watching The Voice Australia and drinking cider – much more difficult and time consuming than caring for an infant I’m sure, ha!]

I converted it guys.  You’re welcome.  😉

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Comments (10)

  1. Brooke

    Wow – this sounds sooo good! I just need to find myself some gluten free manicotti shells. Thanks for the dinner recipe I’m going to make this weekend 🙂

  2. Harlow

    That looks SO delicious!

    1. Goat cheese is my favourite cheese out of all existing cheeses!
    2. I’m European living in Canada, so thanks for the metric system!

  3. Andrea

    Is goat cheese generally tolerated on a FODMAP’s diet? I really don’t handle milk well and have always been too scared to try…

  4. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Oh yum – I looove manicotti and goat cheese is one of my favorites! Can’t wait to try this!

  5. Cassandra

    This recipe sounds delicious! I also suffer from a milk intolerance, I don’t know if they make this in Australia but in the states we have a lactose free cottage cheese that might go well in this dish too!

  6. Elise (Post author)

    good call!! i should totally try that!

  7. Elise (Post author)

    i dont know because i dont actually like goat cheese, so i cant say…its supposed to be lactose free and well tolerated by those w dairy (lactose) sensitivities.

  8. Ttrockwood

    What a sweet sister! Looks like an awesome easy dinner with leftovers- and i’m thinking my nephew will be great at stuffing shells with his little fingers….;)
    I would love to see another guest post about food in australia! Maybe a typical grocery store trip or meal out? Who knows if i will ever go myself….

  9. janetha

    i LOVE goat cheese! i need this dinner in my life.

  10. Jamie

    Looks amazing! And I bet it would be really good with sheep’s milk cheese, too. Sheep cheese is a little scarce in the US, but I wonder if it’s a bit more common in Australia? Sheep cheese should be even easier for lactose-intolerant folk to handle.

    Thanks for sharing– It looks really easy for such a scrumptious dish!

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