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Cheesy Spinach Manicotti

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.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 1 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 7
 

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)

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Steps

  • 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.
  • 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.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert 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.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
(
Calories from Fat
170),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
19g
19%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
1000mg
1000%;
Total Carbohydrate
54g
54%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
100%;
Vitamin C
25%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
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 Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.