Take-out Tuesday, Short Cut Asparagus Manicotti

Okay, in case you are officially exhausted from the holiday whirlwind, this recipe is perfect for tired cooks, especially if you have some leftover holiday ham

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I love manicotti, but it can be a little labor intensive


This is my short cut version, but don’t let the title fool you, it’s plenty big on flavor

If you don’t have any ham, no problem, just make it without-


Oh, and did I mention that it’s covered with alfredo sauce and cheese  😋


It’s a short cut to heaven!

Boil manicotti for 5 minutes and drain immediately

You want it only partially done so it doesn’t tear when filling


Snap tough ends off asparagus and rinse.  Wrap in a clean towel and microwave for 2 minutes on high


Pour about 1/2 jar of sauce in sprayed casserole dish and top with Parmesan and ham


Simply slide 4-5 spears of asparagus into each manicotti noodle


Lay them on the bed of Alfredo sauce and ham


Cover with more sauce


Parmesan and Cheddar


That’s it!


Your tummy will never know you didn’t slave over the preparation


Short Cut Asparagus Manicotti

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6


  • 2 bunches fresh asparagus about 50 spears
  • 12 manicotti noodles
  • 1 jar 15 oz Alfredo sauce {I used Classico}
  • 4-6 slices spiralized ham {optional}
  • 4 oz freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 oz grated sharp cheddar or other cheese of choice


  • Boil manicotti for 5 minutes and drain, pasta should be softened but not cooked completely.
  • Snap woody ends off of asparagus spears, rinse and wrap in clean towel. Microwave for 2 minutes on high. Let cool several minutes.
  • Chop ham slices into bite size pieces. Spray or grease casserole dish and spread half of sauce over bottom in an even layer. Sprinkle with 1/2 of Parmesan cheese. Top with ham pieces.
  • Fill each manicotti with 4-5 spears and place them on top of ham. Cover manicotti evenly with remaining sauce, spreading it with the back of a spoon. Cover sauce with grated cheeses. Cover dish and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Bake at 325, covered, for 30-45 minutes until heated through and golden. Time will depend on temperature of dish at the beginning of cooking time. Serve with a large spatula to include the ham from the bottom of the dish.
Keyword asparagus manicotti, easy manicotti, manicotti, pasta casserole, shortcut manicotti

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11 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Short Cut Asparagus Manicotti”
  1. Jenna, we love all pasta…and manicotti is labor intensive! This looks fabulous and I have lots of leftover ham, so I must try!

  2. What a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing it. Making a shopping list!

  3. Jodi says:

    Another creative yummy yummy!!!!

  4. Cindy S says:

    Do you think this recipe can be made in a crockpot, slow cooker? I can not wait to make this!!

    • Maybe, I have made lasagna in a slow cooker, so I don’t see why this wouldn’t work too. I assembled mine the night before and put it in the oven to bake the next day. Let me know if you try it the slow cook way and how it turns out!

  5. Looks delicious Jenna, especially after all the leftovers are in the freezer and I’m looking for something to make for the days before New Year’s Eve.
    Have a great week…….

  6. What a quick, easy and delicious way to do manicotti! I love easy shortcuts!

  7. Mary says:

    What a tasty and easy short cut Jenna! This is the first December in forever that I don’t have leftover ham. It would be great for Easter too with leftover ham and asparagus in season 🙂

  8. This looks so good! I would love you to come share this at Smell Good Sunday!


  9. Helen Adams says:

    Jenna, this recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it. This will be perfect for the left overs! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday and best wishes for 2017!
    Miz Helen

  10. Most definitely putting this on my weekend recipe list!

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