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Healthified Three-Cheese Manicotti

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52% less fat • 59% less sodium than the original recipe. It’s pasta night and everyone gets an individual dish of stuffed manicotti. Serve a side salad of mixed greens, sliced oranges, radishes and bottled low-fat vinaigrette.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

8
dried manicotti shells
Nonstick cooking spray
1
cup chopped fresh mushrooms
3/4
cup purchased shredded carrots
3
or 4 cloves garlic, minced
1
cup light ricotta cheese or low-fat cream-style cottage cheese
3/4
cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
2
eggs, lightly beaten
1/4
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
teaspoons dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1
(14.5 ounce) can Muir Glen® no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
1
cup bottled roasted red sweet peppers, drained and chopped

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook manicotti shells according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water and drain again. Set aside.
  • 2 Meanwhile, for filling, coat an unheated large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium heat. Add mushrooms, carrots, and garlic to hot skillet. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or just until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in ricotta cheese, ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese, the eggs, Parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoning. Spoon filling into cooked manicotti shells.
  • 3 For sauce, place undrained tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Stir in roasted red peppers. Spread about 1/3 cup of the sauce into the bottoms of four 12- to 16-ounce ungreased individual baking dishes or a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti shells in individual baking dishes or large baking dish, overlapping shells slightly if necessary. Pour remaining sauce over manicotti.
  • 4 Bake, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes for individual baking dishes or 35 to 40 minutes for large baking dish or until heated through. Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Info

The Quick Take: Healthified

  • Calories Reduced By 150
  • Fat Reduced By 14g
  • Sodium Reduced By 530mg
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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
360
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
140mg
140%;
Sodium
370mg
370%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%;
Vitamin C
190%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Before After
1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup ricotta cheese 1 cup light ricotta cheese or low-fat cream-style cottage cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces) 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese (3 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter 2 eggs, lightly beaten
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1 (14.5 ounce) can Muir Glen® no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
Nutritional Highlights
Calories
 
 
510 (before)
360 (after)
Saturated Fat
 
 
15 g (before)
7 g (after)
Sodium
 
 
900 mg (before)
370 mg (after)
Total Fat
 
 
27 g (before)
13 g (after)

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We calculated the nutrition of this recipe at the time it was created on 07/17/2012. 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
360
(
Calories from Fat
120),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
13g
13%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
140mg
140%;
Sodium
370mg
370%;
Total Carbohydrate
39g
39%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
22g
22%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%;
Vitamin C
190%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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