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Three-Cheese Manicotti

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Categories: Vegetarian
Type: Main Dishes

It's always fun to stuff manicotti tubes. See if you can get some little helpers.

Serves: 7 servings

Ingredients:

  • 14 manicotti tubes (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 recipe Chunky Garden Marinara Sauce, 1 recipe Arrabbiata Sauce or 3 1/2 cups Savory Meat Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded nonfat or reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • CHEESE FILLING
  • 3 cups nonfat or low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded nonfat or reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
  • 1/3 cup grated nonfat or regular Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

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Directions:

  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 cup of mozzarella over the top, and bake for 5 additional minutes, or just until the cheese is melted. 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.

To order this book go to www.penguin.com. Get a 15% discount with the coupon code FENPARENT.

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