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Skinny Sausage-Stuffed Shells

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Skinny Sausage-Stuffed Shells
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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70% less sat fat • 59% less fat • 30% fewer calories than the original recipe. Shredded carrots are the secret good-for-you boost.
Updated Mar 11, 2016

Ingredients

  • 24 jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box)
  • 1 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
  • 1 container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
  • 1 jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic Italian herb pasta sauce

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    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

290 Calories, 9g Total Fat, 19g Protein, 33g Total Carbohydrate, 7g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
290
Calories from Fat
80
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
3g
16%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
40mg
13%
Sodium
720mg
30%
Potassium
150mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
33g
11%
Dietary Fiber
2g
11%
Sugars
7g
Protein
19g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
25%
25%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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