Crab-stuffed Manicotti

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Preparation time: 25 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 2 servings


•4 uncooked manicotti shells
•1 tablespoon butter
•4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
•1 cup fat-free milk
•1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
•1 cup lump crabmeat, drained
•1/3 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
•1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
•1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
•1/4 teaspoon pepper
•1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
•Minced fresh parsley


•Cook manicotti according to package directions. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in Parmesan cheese.
• In a small bowl, combine the crab, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, lemon-pepper, pepper and garlic powder. Drain manicotti; stuff with crab mixture. Spread 1/4 cup sauce in an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with stuffed manicotti. Pour remaining sauce over top.
• Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Just before serving, sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 2 servings.


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