Tofu Manicotti

    PREP: 40 minutes BAKE: 32 minutes STAND: 10 minutes OVEN: 350°F MAKES 4 servings

    • 8 dried manicotti shells
    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
    • 1⁄2 cup chopped green onions (4)
    • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed
    • 1 12- to 16-ounce package soft tofu (fresh bean curd), drained
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1⁄4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
    • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
    • 1 11-ounce can condensed tomato bisque
    • 1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 3⁄4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (3 ounces)

    1 Cook manicotti shells according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again.

    2 Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray; heat skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and green onions; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in Italian seasoning; set aside.

    3 In a medium bowl mash tofu with a potato masher or fork. Stir in mushroom mixture, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Using a small spoon, carefully fill each cooked manicotti shell with about 1⁄4 cup of the tofu mixture. Arrange filled shells in 4 ungreased 12- to 15-ounce au gratin dishes or 1 ungreased 3-quart rectangular baking dish.

    4 In a medium bowl combine undrained tomatoes, tomato bisque, and pepper. Pour tomato mixture over filled shells.

    5 Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with Italian cheese. Bake about 2 minutes more or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

    PER SERVING: 411 cal., 13 g total fat (6 g sat. fat), 74 mg chol., 1,383 mg sodium, 53 g carb., 4 g fiber, 21 g pro.


    Boil pasta until just tender before adding it to a casserole. Overcooked pasta will continue to cook in the oven and will get overly soft and lose its shape.