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.

  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
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