Excellent! Leftovers were even better. Used chicken sausage and came out just fine. A little nervous after reading reviews that the recipe was very difficult. Not really that bad. I only boiled the manicotti noodles for 5 minutes so easier to handle. Trick I found to fill the noodles. Let the sausage mixture cool slightly then hold the noodle vertical with one opening blocked by your palm and fill with a small spoon. Best way I found to really stuff the noodle.
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 292
- Fat: 11.5g
- Saturated fat: 4.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.5g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.8g
- Protein: 19.6g
- Carbohydrate: 25.8g
- Fiber: 1.4g
- Cholesterol: 57mg
- Iron: 1.8mg
- Sodium: 719mg
- Calcium: 193mg
- 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
- 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.
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