My husband begged me to make Manicotti one day. I had never made it before and was kind of in the mood for alfredo. I looked up regular manicotti recipes but most had red sauces, and my husband gets horrible heart burn from tomato sauces. And I was really just craving something like the alfredo. There were several out there that looked good but didn't have all the goodness I was looking for, so I combined a few recipes and added a few things myself. At dinner time everyone including the kids and my picky MIL were raving about the great meal. This meal easily feeds our large family of 8 and usually there is some for leftovers or to freeze some back for an easy meal at a different time. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. P.S. I apologize for not having measurements for the spices. I just add a little and taste, add a little then taste, until it tastes good. Start out with a little as you can't take it back once its in.