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Monday Meals: Stuffed Shells with Ricotta & Spinach

Hello and Happy Monday!

I feel like I don’t cook as much in the summer…or maybe it’s that we grill out more often in the summer months…? but…

I was digging through my recipe box last week, and stumbled upon this recipe that I hadn’t made in forever. I’m not sure where I got the recipe, but I’ve had it for years, so I thought I’d share.

Ingredients:

  • 20-25 Jumbo shell pasta, cooked
  • 1- 24 oz jar of Marinara
  • 2- 15 oz containers of Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups of baby spinach, rough chop
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 c. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  • Turn on oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and cool under water.
  • Spread most of the Marinara sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  • In a bowl, combine the Ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Spoon the mixture into shells and place them on top of the sauce.
  • Drizzle the remaining Marinara sauce on top and then sprinkle the Mozzarella on top.
  • Bake, until the shells are heated through, 10-12 minutes.
  • Increase heat to broil. Broil the shells until the cheese begins to brown, 2-4 minutes.
  • Enjoy!
I was almost finished filling the shells, but here’s the mixture in the bowl.

I squeezed 25 shells in the pan!

Almost ready for the oven (add Marinara and Mozz.)
Getting their bake on…
Ready to eat!
Dinner is served.

I’ve never done it, but I’m sure you could incorporate browned sausage, chicken, etc into the mix to make the shells a bit heartier with protein.

I hope this is a recipe you’ll enjoy.

Have a great week.

6 thoughts on “Monday Meals: Stuffed Shells with Ricotta & Spinach

  1. I make this with the shells or manicotti but don’t cook the pasta first. Follow everything else the same but add about a cup or less of water to the pasta sauce jar and shake to get the last bits of sauce out and pour over the pasta. Cover tightly with foil and bake. Remove the foil and add the cheese and cook a few minutes longer. Works perfectly every time.

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