Saturday, May 8, 2010

Three Cheese Manicotti

  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can tomato sauce
  • garlic powder
  • minced onion
  • 9 Manicotti shells
  • 2 Egg beaters (1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup Fat Free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fat free Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup Snipped fresh parsley (if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1 dash Pepper
  • **3/4 cup/4 slices 2% part skim mozzarella cheese, if desired, for topping (Not fat free, because it doesn't melt well as a topping)
  1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Cook manicotti according to package directions; remove carefully from boiling water with tongs to not break the shells. Let cool for a few minutes.
  3. For filling, in a medium mixing bowl stir together egg beaters, the cup of fat free mozzarella, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley, the 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and dash pepper. Spoon filling into manicotti. (I did this with a butter knife. I spooned it on the knife and placed the knife in the shells, wiping it off on the way out.)
  4. Pour half the tomato mixture into a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle remaining (2%) mozarella cheese, IF DESIRED. (You can cover and chill manicotti for up to 24 hours before baking)
  5. To serve, bake the stuffed manicotti, covered, in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until heated through.
Makes 4.5 servings (serving size: 2 Rolls)

Nutrition
(w/o extra cheese)
Calories 298
Fat 4g
Sat Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 850mg
Potassium 140mg
Carbs 40g
Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 27g


**I've found over the years that Fat Free cheeses cook well when they are blended with other things (like in this filling of this recipe, or in casseroles etc), but when it's just used as a topping or for a pizza, for example, it just doesn't melt right. So for toppings/pizzas I use 2%. Since I skip "extra cheese", I just melt some 2% mozzarella on Jeremy's food before giving it to him. Feel free to add as much cheese as you like, just note the calories! :)

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