Spinach-Stuffed Manicotti with Vodka Blush Sauce

Spinach-Stuffed Manicotti with Vodka Blush Sauce

Special enough for guests yet easy enough for weeknight dinners, this meatless manicotti entrée is a delight to serve!

Prep Time

25

Minutes

Total Time

1:00

Hr:Mins

Makes

7

servings

1
box (8 oz) uncooked manicotti pasta shells (14 shells)
2
jars (25.5 oz each) Muir Glen® organic garden vegetable pasta sauce
1/4
cup vodka
1/2
cup whipping cream
2
cups shredded Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1/2
cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, chopped
1
container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
2
tablespoons julienne-cut fresh basil leaves
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Cook pasta shells as directed on box. Rinse with cool water; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in 2-quart nonreactive saucepan, heat 1 jar of pasta sauce and the vodka to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup of the cheese blend, the sun-dried tomatoes, ricotta and spinach.
  4. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of pasta sauce from second jar (save remaining sauce for another use). Fill each pasta shell with about 3 tablespoons ricotta mixture; place over sauce in dish. Pour vodka pasta sauce over filled shells.
  5. Cover tightly with foil; bake 30 minutes or until sauce is bubbling. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese blend. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil.
Makes 7 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
If you would like to use dry-pack sun-dried tomatoes instead of those packed in oil, just rehydrate them first by following package directions.
For ease when filling the manicotti shells, shape ricotta mixture into log with fingers and simply place inside cooked shells.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving)
  • Calories 420
    • (Calories from Fat 130),
  • Total Fat 15g
    • (Saturated Fat 7g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 35mg;
  • Sodium 880mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 48g
    • (Dietary Fiber 6g,
    • Sugars 9g),
  • Protein 19g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    Exchanges:
    • 3 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1/2 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 0 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 3;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.