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Healthified Sausage-Stuffed Shells

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70% less sat fat • 59% less fat • 30% fewer calories than the original recipe. This recipe's come out of its shell with substitutions beyond the Italian turkey sausage that shaves both fat and saturated fat. Shredded carrots add a good-for-you flavor boost. Now it's party perfect!

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

24
jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box)
1
lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1
container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
2
cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/2
teaspoon dried basil leaves
3/4
cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
1
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic Italian herb pasta sauce

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • 2 In 10-inch nonstick skillet, crumble sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  • 3 In medium bowl, stir ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the spinach and basil until well mixed. Stir in carrots and sausage.
  • 4 Spread about 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce over bottom of baking dish. Spoon about 3 tablespoonfuls sausage mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange shells, filled sides up, on sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce over stuffed shells. Spray 15-inch piece of foil with cooking spray; cover shells with foil.
  • 5 Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 130
  • Fat Reduced By 13g
  • Saturated Fat Reduced By 7g
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
1 lb Italian pork sausage 1 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 container (15 oz) whole milk ricotta cheese 1 container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (12 oz) 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
420 (before)
290 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
10 g (before)
3 g (after)
Total Fat
 
 
22 g (before)
9 g (after)
Vitamin A (%DV)
 
 
45 (before)
70 (after)

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Expert Tips

We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.

To quickly thaw spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.

Light and part skim ricotta cheese are not created equal. Part skim is slightly higher in fat and calories. Compare the labels the next time you shop.

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/19/2012. NOTE: We do not include optional ingredients in our calculations. If concerned about gluten-free, non-dairy, vegetarian or vegan status, always read ingredient labels to make sure each recipe ingredient meets requirements. Products and ingredient sources can change.

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
90),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
10g
10%
(Saturated Fat
4 1/2g,
4 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
610mg
610%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
0g
0%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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