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Eggplant Manicotti with Sausage

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars
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"A new twist on traditional manicotti without pasta, eggplant slices stand in for the manicotti shells and bake with ricotta in a rich tomato-basil sauce with fresh herbs."
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Ingredients

50 m servings 340
Original recipe yields 4 servings

Directions

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Line a 15x17-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and spray with oil (for eggplant slices). Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish (for the manicotti).
  3. Arrange eggplant slices in a single layer in 15x17 pan. Roast eggplant until softened, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Cook sausage in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until it begins to brown and is no longer pink, breaking up clumps as it cooks. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  5. Combine ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, oregano, basil and Parmesan in a medium bowl; mix until smooth and well blended.
  6. Pour a cup of Classico Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce into the 9x13 pan and spread evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of ricotta mixture onto longer end of eggplant slice and top with a scant teaspoon of crumbled sausage; roll up into thin roll. Place on pasta sauce in 9x13 pan. Repeat with eggplant slices making 2 rows of eggplant rolls in pan.
  8. Sprinkle remaining sausage over eggplant rolls. Spread remaining pasta sauce over eggplant rolls. Top with shredded Italian cheese blend.
  9. Bake until sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Footnotes

  • Variation: You can omit the sausage to make them meatless (and they're gluten free!).

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 340 calories; 15.7 34.4 18.3 79 911 Full nutrition

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Overall a really good recipe. We weren't able to get the eggplant into a rollable state - 1/4" is too thick of a cut and 20 minutes is too short of a bake. I'd recommend cutting the eggplant rea...

This recipe has been a favorite at our house. Eggplant & fresh herbs from the garden make this meal special.