Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Healthified Sausage-Stuffed Shells


jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box)
lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
teaspoon dried basil leaves
cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic Italian herb pasta sauce

  • Step1Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package, omitting salt.
  • Step2In 10-inch nonstick skillet, crumble sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  • Step3In medium bowl, stir ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the spinach and basil until well mixed. Stir in carrots and sausage.
  • Step4Spread about 1/2 cup of the pasta sauce over bottom of baking dish. Spoon about 3 tablespoonfuls sausage mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange shells, filled sides up, on sauce in baking dish. Pour remaining pasta sauce over stuffed shells. Spray 15-inch piece of foil with cooking spray; cover shells with foil.
  • Step5Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
    • Prep Time 30 min
    • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
    • Servings 12

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