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Manicotti with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Manicotti with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
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If you’re feeding a crowd, double the recipe. Set each manicotti on top of a small pool of red pepper sauce on the dinner plate, or serve them with an ample drizzle of the red pepper sauce on top. If you want to skip roasting the peppers, substitute 1 cup of bottled roasted red peppers for the 2 sweet red peppers.

Ingredients
  • 8 large
    dried manicotti pasta shells or similar
  • sweet red peppers
  • 2 teaspoons
    olive oil
  • 1/2 cup
    1% milk
  • 1 teaspoon
    minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups
    low-fat or part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup
    chopped spinach, thawed, with excess water gently squeezed out
  • 6 tablespoons
    shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup
    prepared pesto sauce, found in the frozen pasta section
  • green onions, white and part of green, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon
    Italian seasoning
  •  
    salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with canola cooking spray.
  2.  Boil manicotti shells according to directions on package until tender. Drain, rinse with cold water, and carefully set aside.
  3. While manicotti is boiling, turn on the broiler. Cut each red pepper into quarters and remove inside flesh and seeds. Cut each quarter in half to make eight strips total. Lay strips, skin side down, on a nonstick baking sheet (line with foil for easy cleanup, if desired). Brush the tops of pepper strips with olive oil. Broil until the top sides are nicely brown, watching carefully. Flip and broil until brown. Let peppers cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. In a food processor, puree pepper strips with milk, garlic, and pepper to taste. Add salt to taste if desired. Keep sauce at a low simmer in a small, covered, nonstick saucepan while you bake the manicotti.
  5. Mix filling ingredients (ricotta, spinach, Parmesan cheese, pesto, green onions, and Italian seasonings) in a bowl with spoon or fork. Stuff shells with the cheese mixture. Arrange in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then uncover and bake 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve one or two manicotti shells per person; decorate each shell with ample red pepper sauce.
Nutritional Information

Makes: 8 servings
  • Calories218
  • Protein10 g
  • Carbohydrates26 g
    • Dietary fiber1.5 g
  • Fat8 g
  • Cholesterol14 mg
  • Sodium164 mg
  • Calories from Fat33%
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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