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Spinach Chicken Manicotti Recipe

Spinach Chicken Manicotti Recipe

Pepper and nutmeg spice up the rich sauce in this hearty pasta dish from Amy Luce of Mansfield, Texas. “I made this for my husband on our first Valentine’s Day when we were dating,” she says. “It was a big success.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 35 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2-1/2 cups diced cooked chicken breast
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 3/4 cup diced fully cooked lean ham
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 12 uncooked manicotti shells
  • SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. In a small skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, cook 1 minute longer. In a large bowl, combine the onion mixture, chicken, spinach, ham, cheese, egg whites, basil, pepper and nutmeg; set aside.
  • 2. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine flour and broth in a large saucepan until smooth; gradually stir in the milk, salt, nutmeg, pepper and cayenne. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Spoon 1 cup into chicken mixture. Add cheese to remaining sauce.
  • 3. Spread 1 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Drain shells; stuff with chicken mixture. Arrange over sauce. Drizzle with remaining sauce. Cover and bake at 375° for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 372 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 866mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 35g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 4 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 0 fat.

Reviews for Spinach Chicken Manicotti

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KCLinda User ID: 7183776 54553
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2013

"Very blah. Can't believe the rave reviews on this one."

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lucybluz24 User ID: 5995852 139625
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"We loved it. Have made it several times"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.