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Three Cheese Manicotti Casserole

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Three Cheese Manicotti Casserole 1
Three Cheese Manicotti Casserole 1
Three Cheese Manicotti Casserole
Three Cheese Manicotti Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 14-1/2-ounce can tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 8 dried manicotti shells
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1-1/2 cups ricotta cheese or cream-style cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • Dash pepper

Directions:

1. For sauce, in a 2-quart saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until tender. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, the 1 teaspoon oregano, the thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; discard bay leaf.
2. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse shells in cold water.
3. For filling, in a medium mixing bowl stir together eggs, half of the mozzarella cheese, the ricotta or cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, the 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and dash pepper. Spoon filling into manicotti.
4. Pour half of the tomato mixture into a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Arrange stuffed manicotti in the baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese atop.
5. Bake the stuffed manicotti, covered, in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through.

Makes 8 Equal Servings

Nutritional Info Per Serving: Calories 284, Carbs 21 g, Fat 14 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 19 g

SmartPoints 8 Per Serving

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