Friday, January 29, 2010

Chicken, Cheese & Spinach Manicotti

What You Need!
1-1/2 cups finely chopped cooked chicken breasts
2 cloves  garlic, minced
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1 container  (16 oz.) 2% Low Fat Cottage Cheese
2 egg whites
1 cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided
10 manicotti shells, cooked, drained
1-1/2 cups  spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Make It!

HEAT oven to 350°F.
COMBINE chicken and garlic in large bowl. Add spinach, cottage cheese, egg whites and 1/4 cup mozzarella; spoon into manicotti shells.
PLACE in 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with spaghetti sauce.
BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; bake 5 min. or until melted. Sprinkle with basil.

Kitchens Tips

Make Ahead
Assemble recipe as directed. Refrigerate up to 4 hours. When ready to serve, bake (uncovered) in 350ºF-oven 35 to 40 min. or until heated through. Top with remaining mozzarella; continue as directed.
Substitute fresh parsley for the basil.

Comment - I've made this without the chicken and spinach, and used garlic powder instead of fresh. It was still very good. You can stuff the large pasta shells instead of the long manicotti tubes. My children love them.

~Recipe from

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