Healthified Sausage-Stuffed Shells

Healthified Sausage-Stuffed Shells

70% less sat fat • 59% less fat • 30% fewer calories than the original recipe. Shredded carrots are the secret good-for-you boost.

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jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box)
lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
teaspoon dried basil leaves
cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic Italian herb pasta sauce
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, crumble sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  3. In medium bowl, stir ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the spinach and basil until well mixed. Stir in carrots and sausage.
  4. Spread about 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce over bottom of baking dish. Spoon about 3 tablespoonfuls sausage mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange shells, filled sides up, on sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce over stuffed shells. Spray 15-inch piece of foil with cooking spray; cover shells with foil.
  5. Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Makes 12 servings (2 shells each)
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
What is "Healthified"?
We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.
To quickly thaw spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.
Did You Know?
Light and part-skim ricotta cheese are not created equal. Part-skim is slightly higher in fat and calories. Compare the labels the next time you shop.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 290
    • (Calories from Fat 80),
  • Total Fat 9g
    • (Saturated Fat 3g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 40mg;
  • Sodium 720mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 33g
    • (Dietary Fiber 2g,
    • Sugars 7g),
  • Protein 19g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1/2 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 1 1/2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.