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Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Yield

10 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed manicotti)

Stuffed manicotti recipes can be high in calories, but turkey sausage and other lower fat ingredients keep the numbers down in this family-friendly Italian dish.

Ingredients

  • 10 uncooked manicotti
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce (such as Newman's Own)
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 292
  • fat 11.5 g
  • satfat 4.9 g
  • monofat 3.5 g
  • polyfat 1.8 g
  • protein 19.6 g
  • carbohydrate 25.8 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 57 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 719 mg
  • calcium 193 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and bell pepper to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour; cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Return pan to heat; bring to a boil. Cook 6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in black pepper. Add 1/2 cup milk mixture to sausage mixture; stir well.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°.

  5. Spoon about 1/3 cup sausage mixture into each manicotti; arrange manicotti in a single layer in a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella over manicotti; spread remaining milk mixture evenly over mozzarella. Top milk mixture with pasta sauce, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until bubbly.