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Manicotti Florentine

Categories: Low-fat, Vegetarian
Type: Main Dishes

Your children will love to help you carefully stuff the manicotti.

Serves: 7 servings


  • 14 manicotti tubes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 recipe Chunky Garden Marinara Sauce, or 3 1/2 cups bottled marinara sauce
  • 1 cup shredded nonfat or reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 3 1/2 cups nonfat or low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup grated nonfat or regular Parmesan cheese

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  1. Cook the manicotti al dente according to package directions. Drain well, and set aside.
  2. To make the filling, place all of the filling ingredients in a large bowl, and stir to mix well.
  3. Coat a 9-x-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray, and spoon a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of the pan. Using a small spoon, stuff about 1/3 cup of the filling mixture into each of the tubes, and arrange the filled tubes in the pan. Pour the remaining sauce evenly over the manicotti.
  4. Bake uncovered at 350°F for about 30 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the top, and bake for 5 additional minutes, or just until the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove the dish from the oven, and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

excerpted from:

Excerpted from The Best-Kept Secrets of Healthy Cooking by Sandra Woodruff, R.D. Copyright � 2000 by Sandra Woodruff.

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