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Chicken-and-Spinach Manicotti

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 manicotti with sauce)

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped smoked ham (about 1/4 pound)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
  • Sauce:
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 12 cooked manicotti
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 460
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 13.2 g
  • satfat 5.5 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.9 g
  • protein 39.7 g
  • carbohydrate 43.8 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 83 mg
  • iron 4.2 mg
  • sodium 998 mg
  • calcium 356 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. To prepare filling, heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Combine onion mixture, chicken, and next 7 ingredients (chicken through spinach) in a medium bowl.

  3. To prepare sauce, combine Chicken Stock and the next 4 ingredients (stock through ground red pepper) in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Place flour in a small bowl; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Add to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Stir 1 cup sauce into chicken mixture in bowl. Add 1/2 cup cheese to sauce in pan, stirring well until mixture is smooth.

  4. Spoon chicken mixture into cooked manicotti (about 1/3 cup per manicotti). Arrange stuffed manicotti in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour cheese sauce over manicotti. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.