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Overnight Spinach Manicotti

 Overnight Spinach Manicotti
A friend gave me an awesome recipe for manicotti...and I set out to make it a little healthier. Now, whether we have company, my husband asks me to serve this. Even our 2-year-old son loves it! —Tonya Fitzgerald of West Monroe, Louisiana
7 ServingsPrep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (15 ounces) reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4-1/2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) manicotti shells

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, 1 cup
  • mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, egg whites, parsley,
  • salt, onion powder, pepper and garlic powder. Combine spaghetti
  • sauce and water; spread 1 cup in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish. Stuff uncooked manicotti shells with ricotta mixture; arrange
  • over tomato sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Cover and refrigerate
  • overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30- minutes before baking. Sprinkle with

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Overnight Spinach Manicotti (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake, uncovered, at
  • 350° for 40-45 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 7
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (2 stuffed shells) equals 423 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 1,128 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.
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