Zucchini Manicotti Recipe

Summary

Preparation Time50 MinCooking Time40 Min
Ready In1 Hr 30 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexHealthyServings6
CuisineCourse
Main IngredientInterest Group

Ingredients

 Manicotti shells8 Ounce (1 Package)
 Bulk italian sausage1⁄2 Pound
 Chopped onion3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs), divided
 Garlic1 Clove (5 gm), minced
 Mushrooms3 Cup (48 tbs), sliced
 Canned whole tomatoes16 Ounce, cut up (1 Can)
 Canned tomato paste6 Ounce (1 Can)
 Dry red wine1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Snipped oregano/1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed1 Tablespoon
 Snipped basil/1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Olive oil2 Tablespoon
 Zucchini2 Small, finely chopped
 Ricotta cheese15 Ounce (1 Container)
 Shredded mozzarella cheese1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Shredded monterey jack cheese1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Parmesan cheese1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), grated
 Eggs2 , beaten
 Snipped parsley/1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes3 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 703 Calories from Fat 345

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 39 g59.6%

Saturated Fat 17.6 g88.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 170.7 mg

Sodium 774.6 mg32.3%

Total Carbohydrates 50 g16.8%

Dietary Fiber 5.6 g22.5%

Sugars 8.6 g

Protein 35 g71%

Vitamin A 53.7% Vitamin C 58%

Calcium 49.8% Iron 26.4%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

GETTING READY
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

MAKING
2. Take a 6-quart Dutch oven, add 4 quarts boiling salted water and cook manicotti shells for 18 minutes. Drain off excess water.
3. Take a 3-quart saucepan, add ¼ cup chopped onions, garlic and sausage and cook till sausage turn brown. Drain.
4. Add non-drained tomatoes, mushrooms, wine, tomato paste, basil and oregano and simmer for about 45 minutes.
5. Simultaneously, take a 10-inch skillet, add olive oil and heat.
6. Add ½ cup of chopped onions and zucchini and cook till it turns tender.
7. Take a large bowl and mix Monterey Jack, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, eggs, parmesan cheese and parsley.
8. Add cooked onion and zucchini.
9. Stuff manicotti shells with this mixture.
10. Take a 13x9x2-inch baking dish, grease it generously and arrange the stuffed shells.
11. Top shells with sauce.

FINALIZING
12. On the preheated oven, bake the stuffed shells for about 45 minutes.
13. Add more grated Parmesan cheese if required.

SERVING
14. Serve immediately.
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