Shiitake Mushroom and Spinach Manicotti

Enjoy this cheesy manicotti that’s made with mushrooms and spinach – a tasty Italian dinner.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

12
uncooked manicotti pasta or cannelloni shells
2
slices 7-grain sandwich bread
1/4
cup butter or margarine
4 1/2
cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms (about 8 oz)
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
bag (10 oz) fresh spinach, stems removed
1
cup ricotta cheese
3
oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1
egg, beaten
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3
cup butter or margarine
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2
cups half-and-half
4
oz Gouda cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1 1/2
cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (6 oz)
3
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta shells as directed on package.
  • 2 Meanwhile, tear bread into pieces; place in food processor. Cover; process until coarse crumbs form. Spread crumbs on cookie sheet. Bake 3 to 4 minutes or until toasted. Place crumbs in small bowl; set aside.
  • 3 In 10-inch skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Cook mushrooms and garlic in butter until mushroom liquid is absorbed. Transfer mixture to large bowl. In skillet, melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter over medium-low heat; add spinach. Cover; cook 5 minutes or until wilted. Add spinach to mushroom mixture. Stir in ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper. Spoon mixture evenly into pasta shells. Place in baking dish.
  • 4 In 2-quart heavy saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter over low heat. Stir in flour with whisk until smooth. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually stir in half-and half. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add Gouda cheese; stir until melted. Pour sauce over stuffed shells.
  • 5 Add cheese blend and melted butter to toasted bread crumbs; toss well. Sprinkle over shells. Bake uncovered 45 minutes or until bubbly.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
411
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
29%
(Saturated Fat
17g,
17%
),
Sodium
770mg
770%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
),
Protein
17g
17%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.