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    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Spinach and Cheese Manicotti

    Recipe By :"3 Fat Chicks" Website
    Serving Size : 4 Preparation Time :0:00
    Categories : Pasta Vegetarian


    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1 10-oz pkg frozen chopped spinach
    olive oil flavored cooking spray
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    2/3 cup finely chopped onion
    2 cloves garlic -- minced
    15 ounces light ricotta cheese
    1/2 cup parmesan cheese -- divided
    2 egg whites
    1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    8 manicotti shells *
    2 cups fat-free spaghetti sauce **

    Cook spinach according to package directions. Drain well, and press gently between
    paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set spinach aside.

    Coat a medium saucepan with cooking spray; add oil. Place over medium high heat until
    hot. Add onion and garlic; saute 8 minutes. transfer onion mixture to a bowl. Add spinach,
    ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup parmesean cheese, egg whites, crushed red pepper, and nutmeg;
    stir well.

    Cook manicotti shells according to package directions, omitting salt and oil; drain well.
    Stuff spinach mixture evenly into cooked shells.

    Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Place filled shells over
    sauce. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce over shells.

    Cover and bake at 375* for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with remaining
    1/4 cup parmesean cheese.


    * Fill uncooked manicotti shells and add a little water to the sauce. They will be easier to
    fill, and the final texture will be al dente.

    ** Personal note: In place of fat-free spaghetti sauce, I sometimes use a can of crushed tomatoes with a shot of red wine and some Italian seasoning in it.

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    Nutritional analysis per serving, per recipe:
    408 Calories; 11.5 g. Fat; 6 g. Fiber; 33 mg. Cholesterol

    8 POINTS per serving

    Website: http://www.3fatchicks.com/recipes

    M.C. formatted by Dina (mdkbweiss@erols.com) on 10/1/99.

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    Yum, double yum!!! This is a delicious recipe and so easy. The filling is wonderful -- instead of adding 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, I added a bit of mozzarella cheese on the top to melt with just a few T of parmesan. This is a keeper!! Thanks Dina, as usual.

    Susan

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    It sounds yummy, I'm gonna try it! Thanks!
    Bev

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