Driver who cooks in his truck tells why and shares a recipe

Veteran trucker Jonathan Garringer cooks most of his meals on his truck and shares them online.

Here's what Garringer said about his driving and his cooking. He also shares a recipe for a dish he calls Mother Truckin' Manicotti:

Jonathan GarringerJonathan GarringerI’m a fourth generation trucker. Trucking and cooking are my passions in life. My father was a 44+ year veteran driver and taught me most of what I know out here. Truckin' and cooking is what I love. I started Mother Truckin Café about 8 years ago, but never thought about doing a TikTok until now, so keep an eye out for me soon on TikTok, Facebook, and possibly YouTube.

I’ve been driving and eating out here for 17 years and couldn’t stand the bland or unhealthy food we are provided by the truck stops. I basically live on my truck and don’t make it home that much so something had to change with my eating habits. So, now I cook almost everything I eat in my truck and have been using the same RoadPro lunchbox cooker for over five years.

I create all my meals from ideas I have and don’t use anyone’s recipes but my own. It’s a lot easier than most think so take a leap and give it a shot. 


7 Manicotti Noodles (Half Cooked And Cut In Half)

4 Tbsp Parmesan

Italian Seasoning (Amount You Desire)

15 Oz Ricotta Cheese

1 C Mozzarella Cheese

4 Tbsp Three Cheese

1 Egg

Tomato Sauce 


Mix noodles, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, egg, and Italian seasoning together. Mix well and put into a bag to help fill the noodles.

Lightly butter the tinfoil insert so they don’t stick. Put a layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Next, put a layer of the filled Manicotti across the pan. Top with another layer of sauce. Add a light amount of mozzarella on top. Add the Three Cheese on top of the Mozzarella.

Cover with tinfoil and let cook in the RoadPro Portable Stove for 3.5 hours. Take the tinfoil off and let it cook for another 30 minutes.

This recipe only makes half a box of noodles. So, if you’re looking to make a whole box double the recipe.