Yummy Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells.


My final test recipe from Eating Well's Comfort Food Made Healthy, by Jessie Price, was a success. Delicious, really. (I really need to come up with some new adjectives to describe food.) It was like eating lasagna in a shell with fresh spinach and creamy ricotta. The shells were very satisfying and savory, the ultimate comfort food. They even warmed well for a tasty lunch the next day.

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells

Makes 6 servings


24 jumbo pasta shells (8 ounces)
1 ½ teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 pounds fresh spinach, trimmed and washed, or two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
⅔ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
3 cups prepared marinara sauce, preferably low-sodium

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook shells in a large pot of boiling water, stirring often, until just tender, about 15 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. If using fresh spinach, add it in batches and toss with tongs until wilted. Drain in a colander, pressing out excess moisture with the back of a spoon. Let cool. If using thawed frozen, add it to the onions and toss to mix well. Set aside.
3. Combine ricotta, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan and nutmeg in a bowl; mix well. Add the reserved spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir in egg white.
4. Stuff each of the reserved shells with a generous 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture. Spread 1 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange the stuffed shells in a single layer. Top with the remaining 2 cups of the sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake until the top is golden and the shells are heated through, about 30 minutes. (If the top browns too quickly, tent loosely with foil.) Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Bon Appetit.


SAHM I am said...

I make something very similar to this and freeze it. The only difference is that I only boil the shells half the recommended time, fill and flash freeze. To reheat them, I add them to a casserole dish, pour some sauce over and bake until the shells are tender.
I love the recipe reviews, by the way! Keep it up.

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