Date: Thu, 02 Feb 95 10:05:06 PST
From: "Berger, Jennifer N." (Berger@courier4.aero.org)
Believe it or not, manicotti is very easy to prepare. I have found some fat
free ricotta cheese that seems to taste pretty good for being fat free. When
you mix this ff cheese and stuff it inside manicotti-- SAD folks won?t even
know the difference. I made a batch for my Dad and my brother for dinner one
night. I asked them how it was and they said that it was absolutely
delicious that they couldn?t even save me some when I came home later that
night from class. Then I dropped the bombshell and told them that it was
made with ff cheeses.
Easy Spinach Manicotti
1 package of manicotti pasta (jumbo shells will also do)
1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
1 container of fat free ricotta cheese
1 egg white (or fave egg replacer)
1 can of spinach (or use frozen if you can?t find it canned)
1 package of shredded fat free mozzarella cheese
Cook manicotti or shells until almost done. Meaning the pasta should still
be a little hard. Drain and cool. In a bowl, mix ricotta cheese, spinach,
egg white with half of tje package mozzarella cheese. Mixture should be a
little thick -- not runny. If runny, add more mozzarella cheese. Add about 3
tablespoons of pasta sauce to mixture and whatever herbs you prefer...
basil, oregano, parsley, etc.
When manicotti is cool, stuff with mixture and place in a baking pan. Top
with remaining pasta sauce and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake
for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese is fully melted on top.
This freezes well. I generally make this the night before and refrigerate it
for the next day. Yum!