Main Dish | August 20, 2014

Three Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Shells

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My mom would always make us our very favorite meal on our birthday. Anyone else with this birthday tradition? They couldn’t afford to take our whole family out to dinner, but as kids we didn’t care- getting to choose dinner was enough of a treat.

So when we got married, the first birthday rolled around and naturally I asked my husband what his favorite meal is so I can make it for his birthday dinner. His answer was stuffed shells. While this isn’t probably his all time favorite meal now-a-days (he’ll probably go for something seafood or curry) I still will make it for his birthday every other year or so. It kinda means somethin’ special to me. His birthday was not too long ago, so I decided to put my “dump method” into measurments¬†and put it in my recipe box.

This version of stuffed shells is much like a lasagna type filling. There are all kinds of stuffed shells, many of them with sausage. This is our favorite.

Boil your shells, and prepare your stuffing:

overhead shot of cooked pasta, filling, and baking dish

It’s also a G R E A T meal to prepare with children. They have so much fun stuffing the shells.

small girl with curly hair stuffing pasta shells and putting them into baking dish
shells being stuffed. sequence collage of shells being put into baking dish

Top with sauce and cheese, cover and bake.

overhead shot of stuffed shell pasta in baking dish with basil garnish

Enjoy a filling, healthy ooey-gooey cheesy dinner.

baking dish with pasta dish being scooped out

stuffed shells pasta in baking dish with basil garnish

5 from 1 vote
Three Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Shells
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Make this with your little ones! Bonding time and a cheesy meal all in one. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cheese and spinach stuffed shells
Servings: 6
Calories: 323 kcal
Author: Desarae
Ingredients
  • 1 box of large pasta shells
  • 15 oz Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup + 1 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 10 large basil leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • few twists of the pepper grinder
  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef optional
  • 1 28 oz jar of marinara sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta shells according to directions, set aside.
  2. If using a meat sauce, cook and prepare meat combine with marinara sauce. set aside.
  3. in a mixing bowl lightly beat eggs, then add ricotta, parmesan cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  4. Chop spinach and basil, add to cheese with salt and pepper.
  5. mix well.
  6. Place about 1 Tablespoon filling into shells. When pan is full, top with sauce, remaining mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Three Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Shells
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 1418mg62%
Potassium 799mg23%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 1405IU28%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 323mg32%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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