Healthified Sausage-Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo pasta shells (from 12-oz box)
1 lb lean Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 container (15 oz) light ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend (8 oz)
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
3/4 cup finely shredded carrots (1 medium)
1 jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen® organic Italian herb pasta sauce
70% less sat fat • 59% less fat • 30% fewer calories than the original recipe—see the comparison. This recipe's come out of its shell with substitutions beyond the Italian turkey sausage that shaves both fat and saturated fat. Shredded carrots add a good-for-you flavor boost. Now it's party perfect! From eatbetteramerica.
Preparation & Directions
Heat 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.
In 10-inch nonstick skillet, crumble sausage. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
In medium bowl, stir ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the Italian cheese blend, the spinach and basil until well mixed. Stir in carrots and sausage.
Spread 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.
Bake 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italian cheese blend. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Heat oven to 375°F.
What is "Healthified"?
We've replaced ingredients with great-tasting alternatives to create better-for-you recipes that are just as yummy as the originals.
To quickly thaw spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.
Did You Know?
Light and part skim ricotta cheese are not created equal. Part skim is slightly higher in fat and calories. Compare the labels the next time you shop.
We recommend using organic ingredients where available. For more information see Why Organic?