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Seafood and Asparagus Manicotti

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Servings 6
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This recipe wraps tender pasta around a creamy seafood filling of easy frozen shrimp and asparagus and economical imitation crab.
Created Jun 13, 2012
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  • 12 uncooked manicotti pasta shells
  • 1 jar (750 mL) tomato pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) dry white wine or nonalcoholic white wine
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) half-and-half
  • 1 pkg (6 oz) frozen cooked salad shrimp, thawed
  • 6 oz refrigerated imitation crabmeat sticks (from 12-oz package), cut into 1/4-inch/6 mm pieces
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen asparagus cuts, thawed, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) lightly packed cut-up strips fresh basil leaves


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, heat tomato sauce and wine to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 4 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in half-and-half. In ungreased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of the tomato sauce.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, mix shrimp, imitation crabmeat, asparagus, tomatoes, cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Spoon about 1/4 cup seafood mixture into each pasta shell. Arrange in baking dish. Pour remaining tomato sauce evenly over shells.
  • 4
    Cover dish with foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot. Top with remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered 5 to 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with basil before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Make Ahead: This recipe can be assembled the night before and refrigerated. Increase first bake time to 35 minutes.
  • Tip 2
    How-To: To cut basil into strips, stack several basil leaves, roll them up tight, and slice across the vein with a sharp knife. Fluff with fingertips to separate.

Nutrition Information

550 Calories, 23g Total Fat, 29g Protein, 58g Total Carbs, 16g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 6 Servings (2 Manicotti Each)
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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