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Manicotti

Makes: 4  servings Prep 30 mins Bake 450°F 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 15 ounce container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup  chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons  grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons  dry unflavored bread crumbs
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 8 ounce box dried manicotti or large shells, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups  Basic Tomato Sauce (see recipe below), divided

Directions

1. Heat oven to 450 degree F. Combine ricotta, parsley, Parmesan, bread crumbs, egg whites, garlic, salt, and pepper in medium bowl. Spoon filling sparingly into each manicotti.

2. Spread 1/2 cup of the Basic Tomato Sauce in bottom of 13x9-inch baking pan. Arrange manicotti on top. Spread remaining 1-1/2 cups sauce over manicotti and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Cover and bake 15 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Prepare Basic Tomato Sauce. Spoon into 2-cup freezer proof containers and freeze up to 3 months.
Basic Tomato Sauce

Yield: 8 cups Cook 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1 cup  chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup  finely chopped carrots
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  minced garlic
  • 2 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 ounce can tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon  red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper,
  • 1/8 teaspoon  dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon  dried oregano

Directions

1. Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots; cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 10 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, parsley, sugar to taste, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, thyme, and oregano. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 20 minutes. Makes 8 cups.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • cal.(kcal)440,
  • Fat, total(g)11,
  • chol.(mg)37,
  • carb.(g)60,
  • pro.(g)25,
  • sodium(mg)759,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet