Turkey Sausage Stuffed Manicotti

Make Italian night at your house a little healthier by changing up the ingredients! Try a turkey sausage instead of regular sausage and make your own thickened milk “cream” sauce by hand like this delicious recipe! Serve with a crisp salad for a complete meal.

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Ingredients:
10 uncooked manicotti
cooking spray
1 pound sweet turkey Italian sausage
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
2 cups fat-free milk
1/8 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
3. Remove casings from sausage and add to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and bell pepper to pan and sauté an additional 5 minutes or until tender.
4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat and gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil. Cook 6 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat and stir in black pepper.
5. Add 1/2 cup of the thickened milk mixture to the sausage mixture and stir well.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
7. Spoon about 1/3 cup sausage mixture into each manicotti and arrange in a single layer in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle mozzarella over manicotti and spread remaining milk mixture evenly over mozzarella. Top milk mixture with pasta sauce, spreading to cover. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

Yield: 10 servings (292 calories, 11.5 g total fat, 4.9 g saturated fat, 19.6 g protein, 25.8 g carbohydrate, 1.4 g fiber, 57 mg cholesterol)

Cooking Light, April 2009

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