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Spinach Pesto Manicotti

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Spinach Pesto Manicotti
  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6
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Cozy up with a cheesy, red sauced pasta dish great for casual entertaining.

Ingredients

8
oz uncooked manicotti
1
lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1
box (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain and chopped
4
oz mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2
cup purchased pesto
1
egg
1
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook manicotti to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine ground beef, spinach, cheese, pesto and egg. If desired, add salt and pepper; mix well. For easier stuffing, place beef mixture in resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag. Cut about 1-inch hole in bottom corner of bag.
  • 3 Fill each manicotti by squeezing beef mixture into manicotti; place in sprayed baking dish. Pour pasta sauce over manicotti. Cover with foil.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until filling is no longer pink in center.
Tips  

Instead of using the plastic bag to fill the manicotti, you can also use a teaspoon and small rubber spatula to stuff them.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
610
(
Calories from Fat
260
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
45%
(
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
)
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Sodium
1110mg
46%
Total Carbohydrate
56g
19%
(
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
,
Sugars
11g
)
Protein
31g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
72%
72%
Vitamin C
36%
36%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
28%
28%
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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