Slice cheesy sausage-and-spinach-stuffed manicotti to reinvent a favorite casserole as a flavor-packed appetizer.
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
10 packaged manicotti shells
1/2 pound ground turkey sausage
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)
1/2 10 ounce package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 beaten egg
1 1/3 cups spaghetti sauce
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
Cook manicotti shells according to package directions. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain well. Cook sausage and garlic in a large saucepan until cooked through, breaking up sausage with a spoon. Remove from heat. Add mozzarella cheese, spinach, ricotta cheese, the 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, and egg; mix well. Carefully spoon mixture into cooked shells.
Cut each manicotti diagonally crosswise into three pieces. Place in a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Spoon spaghetti sauce over. Bake, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until heated through. If desired, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese. Makes 15 servings.
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 141, Fat, total (g) 6, chol. (mg) 28, sat. fat (g) 3, carb. (g) 13, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 9, vit. A (RE) 21, vit. C (mg) 3, sodium (mg) 312, calcium (mg) 91, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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