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Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

recipe ingredients
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach
olive oil flavored cooking spray
2 tsp. olive oil
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15 oz) carton light ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesean cheese, divided
2 egg whites
1/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
8 manicotti shells*
2 cups fat free spaghetti sauce

recipe directions
Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, and press gently between paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set spinach aside.

Coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray; add oil. Place over medium high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; saute 8 minutes. transfer onion mixture to a bowl. Add spinach, ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesean cheese, egg whites, crushed red pepper, and nutmeg; stir well.

Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, omitting salt and oil; drain well. Stuff spinach mixture evenly into cooked shells.

Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Place filled shells over sauce. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells.

Cover and bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesean cheese.

*Fill uncooked manicotti shells and add a little water to the sauce. They will be easier to fill, and the final texture will be al dente.

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Serves: 4 - Nutrition Information Per Serving:
calories total fat sat fat protein fiber sodium (mg) carbs ww pts
408 11 6 27 6 548 48 8
  • ltigger

    I thought this was delish… I will make it again. My family won’t eat anything with spinach in it but it freezes well and it’s great.

  • ~*Catrina*~

    This was really good! I made it and instead of putting it in Manicotti Noodles…I made it in Jumbo Shells…they are just easier to fill and my kids love to hel do it…It was really good…That my nephew even asked for the recipe…He made it with his girlfriend…they made it into lasagna! I will def. be making this one again!

  • Alyssa M

    YUMMY! I added mushrooms to mine just to beef it up a bit, and it was WONDERFUL! I also used jumbo shells, as suggested above. I will DEF make this again!!

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