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Chicken-and-Spinach Manicotti

Recipe By : Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2000
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Pasta Poultry

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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FILLING:
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 large garlic clove -- minced
2 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup finely chopped smoked ham -- (about 1/4 lb)
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese -- (2 ounces)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large egg whites
1 10-oz pkg frozen chopped spinach -- thawed, squeezed dry

SAUCE:
3 cups chicken stock -- -I use chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese -- (2 oz)
12 cooked manicotti
cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. To prepare filling, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Combine onion mixture, chicken, and next 7 ingredients in a medium bowl.

3. To prepare sauce, combine stock (broth) and next 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir 1 cup sauce into chicken mixture in bowl. Add 1/2 cup cheese to sauce in pan, stirring until smooth.

4. Spoon chicken mixture into cooked manicotti (about 1/3 cup per manicotti). Arrange stuffed manicotti in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour cheese sauce over manicotti. Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2 manicotti with sauce).

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NOTES : Per serving, per recipe:
460 Calories; 13.2 g. Fat; 3.2 g. Fiber; 83 mg. Cholesterol; 998 mg. Sodium; and 356 mg. Calcium

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