Easy Cheesy Manicotti

Cut prep time by stuffing uncooked manicotti shells with a comforting cheese and spinach filling.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 7

Ingredients

1
jar (26 oz) chunky-style tomato pasta sauce
2
boxes (9 oz each) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
1
container (12 oz) small curd creamed cottage cheese (1 1/2 cups)
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crumbled
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
package (8 oz) manicotti shells (14 shells)
1/4
cup water
2
cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish, spread about one-third of the pasta sauce.
  • 2 Mix spinach, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, oregano and pepper. Fill uncooked manicotti shells with spinach mixture; place on sauce in baking dish.
  • 3 In medium bowl, mix remaining pasta sauce and water. Pour sauce mixture evenly over shells, covering completely. Cover; bake 1 hour. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover; bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until shells are tender.

Expert Tips

Before baking, cover and refrigerate manicotti up to 24 hours; bake as directed in recipe. Or cover tightly, label and freeze up to 1 month; bake about 2 hours.

Try using a baby spoon to fill the manicotti shells--it works great!

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
15g
15%
(Saturated Fat
7g,
7%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
30mg
30%;
Sodium
1000mg
1000%;
Total Carbohydrate
52g
52%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
13g
13%
),
Protein
25g
25%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
130%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.