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Easy Meatless Manicotti

 Serve this with a salad and some garlic bread.

  Makes 7 servings (serving size: 2 manicotti)
  Prep Time: 10 min
  Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
  Ease of Preparation: Easy
 
Ingredients
 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
 1 (16-ounce) carton fat-free cottage cheese
 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
 1 (8-ounce) package manicotti (14 shells)
 1 (26-ounce) jar fat-free tomato-basil pasta sauce
 Cooking spray
 1 cup water

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, cottage cheese, and the next 4 ingredients (through black pepper). Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked manicotti.

3. Pour half of tomato-basil pasta sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange stuffed shells in a single layer over sauce, and top with the remaining sauce.

4. Pour 1 cup water into dish. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella evenly over sauce. 4. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until shells are tender.

5. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Notes: Calories 328 (25% from fat); fat 9g (sat 4.8g,mono 2.2g,poly 0.5g); iron 3mg; cholesterol 23mg; calcium 451mg; carbohydrate 38.3g; sodium 891mg; protein 23.8g; fiber 3.9g