These stuffed shells are a cinch to make and bake. They are also a great make-ahead dinner item. They can sit in the fridge during the day and just bake them right before dinner time and voila, dinner is ready!
My only problem is that my daughter doesn’t eat anything green. So her plate ends up with all the cheesy stuffing and the shells are devoured quickly. That’s why I always cook extra shells just for her. Can someone please tell me when this perpetual-fear-of-vegetables stage will be over?
Combine the ricotta, spinach, basil, egg, nutmeg and salt and pepper and mix well.
The options are endless as to what you’d like to add to your stuffing…………fresh herbs, bacon, prosciutto, Italian sausage. You can also substitute the spinach with artichokes or any other vegetable.
If you add a protein, this dish would hit all the food groups; meat group, dairy group, vegetable group, and pasta group.
Here’s the lovely mixture. I really could just eat this with a spoon………..except for the raw egg part.
Use the jumbo shells.
I always cook extra shells, for my picky daughter and also because some will break in the boiling process.
Once stuffed, cover with sauce and cheese and bake. Simple and delicious!
Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo pasta shells
1 15-oz. container ricotta
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Cook pasta shells according to package label directions; drain and set aside to cool. While pasta cooks, in a large bowl, stir together ricotta, spinach, basil, egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg.
2. Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese mixture and place in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with shredded 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.