This is not a low calorie dinner, but it does have a lot of Protein (and Fat and Carbs). Last week we had Parmesan Chicken one night and make your own pizza on Saturday so we had leftover sauces and mozzarella. This week I decided to use up the leftovers on a cross between stuffed manicotti and pizza. You can just use regular pasta sauce and omit the pepperoni or use another type of meat you have on hand. Ground turkey or Italian sausage would both be good here. You can also substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese if you like that texture better.
This recipe took a while to bake and my family was so hungry and the casserole so delicious that I didn’t manage to get a picture of the finished product before we scarfed the whole thing.
- 1 Box Manicotti Pasta
- 24 oz. Pasta Sauce or Mix of Pasta and Pizza Sauce
- 1 Large Container of Cottage Cheese
- 2 Cups Mozzarella divided
- 1 Egg
- Garlic Salt
- Dried Parsley or Dried Basil
- 1 Cup Mini Pepperoni
Boil the Manicotti shells according to package directions and place on a foil to cool.
Mix the cottage cheese, 1 egg, 1 and 1/4 cup of Mozzarella cheese, garlic salt and dried herbs to a bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Scoop into a large ziplock bag and place in the fridge until shells are ready.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Mix the sauces together in one jar if using pasta and pizza sauce. Spread ½ the sauce with a spoon into the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan. Cut the end of the ziplock bag and use it like a pastry bag to fill each of the manicotti shells and place them gently into the sauce. It’s OK if they’re a little messy. Spread the remaining sauce over the tops of the shells. Sprinkle with mini pepperoni. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella over the top.
Bake in the 375 degree oven for about an hour. Use a thermometer to ensure center is at least 165. Remove the foil in the last 5-10 minutes to brown the cheese on top. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with a green veg or salad and a crusty piece of bread.
Nutrition Facts (Three filled shells):
- Calories: 711
- Protein: 47
- Fat: 48
- Carbs: 62