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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Mexi Manicotti

MMM!  Can you tell I love Mexican flavors?  This is another keeper. Pretty inexpensive too, since there is no meat involved! I will absolutely make this again!

3 oz shredded colby jack cheese

1 (16 ounce) can vegetarian refried beans
12 uncooked manicotti
1 cup water
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 cup green onion, sliced (1-2)
1/4 sliced pitted olive (small can)
1 Tbs salsa verde
granulated garlic to taste

In a bowl, combine 1/2  of the cheese, salsa verde, garlic and refried beans.

Stuff uncooked pasta tubes with cheese mixture, pressing firmly into shells.
(I like to use a pastry bag, or gallon ziploc to do this. Way easy, just snip of the tip of the bag!)

Meanwhile, combine water, enchilada sauce and tomato sauce and bring to a simmer on the stove.
(This can also be done in the microwave on HIGH until mixture is steaming hot (about 5-6 minutes).
Pour about 1/2 the sauce into a 9x13 pan.
Place uncooked stuffed tubes in pan, turning each to coat with sauce.
Top with remaining sauce.
Cover and bake at 375ºF for 20 minutes.
Then turn shells over.
Continue baking, covered, for 20 minutes.
Uncover, top with remaining cheese.
Bake 4-5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with onions and olives.

Hope you like it! 5 pts for 2 pieces.....143 calories per manicotti

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