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Cheesy Spinach Manicotti

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Cheesy Spinach Manicotti
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 7
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No need to cook the manicotti pasta ahead of time; it cooks with the spinach filling and red sauce all at once for a delicious, hot and hearty meal.

Ingredients

1
tablespoon olive oil
3/4
cup chopped onion (1 large)
1
clove garlic, minced
1
bag (1 lb) frozen cut leaf spinach
1/4
to 1/2 teaspoon salt
1
cup ricotta cheese
1
cup finely shredded mild Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1
jar (26 oz) tomato pasta sauce
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
1
package (8 oz) manicotti pasta (14 manicotti)
1 1/2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.
  • 2 Stir in frozen spinach; sprinkle with salt to taste. Cover; cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach is thawed and liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir in ricotta and Cheddar cheeses.
  • 3 In large bowl, mix pasta sauce and tomatoes; spread about 1 1/2 cups in bottom of baking dish. With table knife, push about 1/4 cup spinach mixture into each uncooked manicotti pasta, pushing filling in from both ends. Place filled pasta diagonally over sauce in dish. Pour remaining sauce mixture over top.
  • 4 Cover tightly with foil; bake 55 to 65 minutes or until pasta around outer edge is fork-tender. Uncover dish; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted and casserole is bubbly.
Tips  

Make this dish up to 24 hours in advance and store it covered in the refrigerator. Bake as directed in the recipe, adding more baking time if necessary.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
(
Calories from Fat
170
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
30%
(
Saturated Fat
9g
46%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
40mg
14%
Sodium
1000mg
42%
Potassium
730mg
21%
Total Carbohydrate
54g
18%
(
Dietary Fiber
6g
22%
,
Sugars
11g
)
Protein
22g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%
100%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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