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Spinach Manicotti Recipe
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Spinach Manicotti Recipe

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Stuffed with ricotta cheese and spinach, this Italian-style entree is flavorful and filling. I particularly like this meatless dish because I don't have to cook the pasta before assembling. —Mary Steiner of West Bend, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min.
MAKES: 7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 carton (15 ounces) fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 14 uncooked manicotti shells

Nutritional Facts

One serving (2 stuffed manicotti) equals 341 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 883 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, spinach, sour cream, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and onion powder.
  2. Combine the tomato juice, salsa and crushed tomatoes; spread 1 cup sauce in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Stuff uncooked manicotti with spinach mixture; arrange over sauce. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 55 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake 15 minutes longer or until noodles are tender. Yield: 7 servings.
Originally published as Spinach Manicotti in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p27

Nutritional Facts

One serving (2 stuffed manicotti) equals 341 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 34 mg cholesterol, 883 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 21 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2012

First time made exactly as written, very good. Now I swap out the juice & salsa for 3C of spaghetti sauce, get raves every time. Family & friends request this often.

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Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

One of my family's favorite light recipes. My 5 year old son even loves these!

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Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

I liked how there was no need to cook the noodles ahead, but using salsa for the sauce was kind of strange. Next time I will just use spaghetti sauce instead of the salsa. Also, be careful when you take this out of the oven as the liquid almost overflowed on mine!

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2011

Delicious!! Will be making this again this week!!

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Reviewed Apr. 26, 2010

This recipe was a family favorite. I've made manicotti before, but this recipe uses uncooked noodles that obsorb the sauce until tender while baking. Serve with garlic bread and red wine!

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