Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday's Menu: Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

This recipe is so delicious, it tastes like little pockets of lasagna. It is much easier to make than my usual manicotti or lasagna recipe because it is quick and easy to fill the shells. The only change I make is adding minced garlic to the filling because my family is crazy about garlic! 

 



Ingredients
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 15-oz. container ricotta
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce

Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta shells according to package label directions; drain and set aside to cool. While pasta cooks, in a large bowl, stir together ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, egg, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and nutmeg.
  • 2. Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese-and-spinach mixture and place in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
  • 3. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake about 10 minutes longer, until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.

Enjoy!

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