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Spinach Stuffed Shells

Spinach Stuffed Shells is also a simple and healthful vegetarian meal recipe! With three-kinds of cheese, the delicious comfy, family-friendly meal is a hearty and satisfying sweet dish that is ideal for hungry appetites.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Spinach Stuffed Shells
Servings: 8
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Kayla

Ingredients

  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach thawed (about 10 oz)
  • 1 package jumbo pasta shells (about 12 oz)
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (about 2 ½ cups total)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x13" dish with cooking-spray. Then pour half of this marinara-sauce to the bottom of the dish. Save the remainder of the sauce for later.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pasta according to package directions then drain and rinse under cold-water.
  • Squeeze All the liquid from the spinach. You can use a dish-towe and just keep grinding till you squeezing as much water as you can. Then put greens in a large-bowl.
  • Add the ricotta, 1 ½ cups of the mozzarella, parmesan, egg, garlic powder, basil and salt, into the bowl with the spinach and stir very well with a fork to blend.
  • Add a pinch of optional nutmeg, if desired. Stuff each shell with about 2 tbsp of the spinach mix.
  • Arrange stuffed-shells in the prepared baking-dish, then open side-up. Pour remaining portion of the marinara-sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of mozzarella.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes, or till heated through.
  • Remove the foil cover during 5-10 minutes to permit the cheese to just a bit crispy on top.