This came from, no other than my latest recipe source, Prevention Magazine's Best Weight Loss Recipes. Nutritional facts include 203 cal, 13g protein, 27g carb, 2g finer, 7g total fat per serving, serving size is 1 manicotti.
- 8 lasagna noodles (what the recipe calls for to serve 2-4. Since it was just for Max, I used 5 to allow room for mess up... luckily, you'll see why)
- 1 1/2 cups low fat cottage cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup julienned basil leaves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 can (15 oz) fire roasted tomatoes
- 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 oz soft goat cheese
In a bowl, whisk your cottage cheese, garlic, basil, salt and pepper together.
In a saucepan, combine your tomatoes (drained, I didn't drain them from the can and I think my sauce was too liquidy), chicken stock (or you could not drain them and skip this step instead), and 1/2 of your goat cheese. Bring this to a boil, stirring well for the goat cheese to melt and create a tomato/cheese cream sauce.
Coat a small oven safe dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/4 cup of your sauce across the bottom, like we do for enchiladas. Now we roll our manicotti. Spread about 2 spoons-worth of the cottage cheese mixture onto the bottom 1/3 of the noodle. Roll up your pasta and place seam side down in the dish.
This was my failed attempt when my noodles weren't ready
Let's try this again with the well-cooked noodle....
Now roll - much better....
Squish them together nice and tight into the dish.
I was able to fit four together, which was perfect for Mr. Max. Then, I took spaghetti squash and piled it in the other side for me!
Coat with the rest of the pasta sauce, then top with the rest of the goat cheese.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until bubbling and cheese is beginning to brown.
Now, I don't like the way these pictured, but I was too hungry to turn it into a photo shoot for the best angle, lighting, etc. I don't like having to assure you that it tasted WAY better than these depict, but it's true. Like I said above, I think by using the tomatoes with the juices from the can AND the chicken stock was way too runny, I would drain or nix the chicken stock next time to prevent this. Without further adieu...
Here's the manicotti shot
Here's the spaghetti squash shot