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Spinach-Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Cheesy ricotta and spinach stuffed shells are an easy and flavorful dinner for any night of the week.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner, Pasta
Servings: 3 plus

Ingredients

  • 12 jumbo pasta shells
  • 10 oz frozen spinach
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 C Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 26 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 C whole milk mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Fresh basil for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook 12-16 jumbo pasta shells according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, microwave frozen spinach for 2-3 minutes. Break up with a fork and cook for an additional minute if necessary to heat through. Place spinach into the center of a sheet of cheese cloth. Rest wrapped spinach in a wire strainer set over a medium bowl. Allow spinach to cool before squeezing out liquid.
  • In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, salt, pepper and egg. Combine well. Mix in drained spinach. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Drain pasta. Add roughly 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce to the bottom of a 2 quart rectangular baking dish. Divide ricotta mixture among 12 shells. Top off with additional sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and shells are heated through. Garnish with chopped fresh basil. Serve warm.

Notes

Recipe serves 3-4.
*For easier stuffing, add ricotta mixture to a large plastic bag or piping bag with corner snipped off. Squeeze filling into shells.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel