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Lamb and Spinach Manicotti

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Quick Facts

Servings: 14
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 60 min.
Total: 1 hr. 30 min.
Flavorful lamb and nutritious spinach, stuffed into pasta—a cheesy and crowd-pleasing Italian meal. Serve with garlic bread if desired.


  • 1 1/2 lb ground lamb
  • 16 oz can, tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 med onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 20 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 8 manicotti tubes, cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 cup lowfat Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded


  • In skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, cook and crumble ground lamb and 1/4 of chopped onion until browned.
  • Drain well.
  • Add tomato paste, 1/2 tsp salt, and pepper.
  • Simmer 15 minutes; set aside.
  • In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add rest of chopped onion and garlic, cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mix in spinach and cool.
  • Blend in ricotta, eggs, oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, and basil.
  • Fill manicotti shells with spinach mixture.
  • Pour thin layer of tomato sauce in a 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
  • Arrange stuffed manicotti on top of tomato sauce.
  • Top with remaining tomato sauce.
  • Sprinkle with Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 413
  Calories from Fat 187 (45%)
(32%)Total Fat 21g
(47%)Saturated Fat 9g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(25%)Cholesterol 76mg
(26%)Sodium 614mg
(58%)Potassium 2015mg
Total Carbohydrate 33g
(58%)Dietary Fiber 15g
Sugars 8g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(67%)Protein 34g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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