Spinach Pesto Manicotti

Cozy up with a cheesy, red sauced pasta dish great for casual entertaining.

  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

8
oz uncooked manicotti
1
lb extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain and chopped
4
oz mozzarella cheese, diced (about 1 cup)
1/2
cup purchased pesto
1
egg
1
jar (26 to 28 oz) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook manicotti to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. Drain well.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine ground beef, spinach, cheese, pesto and egg. If desired, add salt and pepper; mix well. For easier stuffing, place beef mixture in resealable freezer plastic bag; seal bag. Cut about 1-inch hole in bottom corner of bag.
  • 3 Fill each manicotti by squeezing beef mixture into manicotti; place in sprayed baking dish. Pour pasta sauce over manicotti. Cover with foil.
  • 4 Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until filling is no longer pink in center.

Expert Tips

Instead of using the plastic bag to fill the manicotti, you can also use a teaspoon and small rubber spatula to stuff them.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
610
(
Calories from Fat
260),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
29g
29%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
1110mg
1110%;
Total Carbohydrate
56g
56%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
11g
11%
),
Protein
31g
31%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
72%;
Vitamin C
36%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
28%;
Exchanges:
4 Starch; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.