Baked Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells



Baked Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Dive into the delightful world of Italian comfort food with these Baked Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells. A medley of flavors and textures, this recipe combines al dente pasta shells, creamy ricotta cheese, and nutritious spinach, all baked to perfection with a rich marinara sauce. Whether it’s a cozy family dinner or a gathering with friends, this dish is sure to impress and satisfy.

Ingredients

  • 1 box (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook the jumbo pasta shells according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, egg, minced garlic, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  4. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.
  5. Stuff each cooked pasta shell with the ricotta and spinach mixture and place them in the baking dish.
  6. Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the stuffed shells.
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

These Baked Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells are a mouthwatering combination of pasta, cheese, and spinach, baked to perfection with marinara sauce.

Nutrition information: Calories: 320, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 18g

Indulge in the comforting harmony of flavors and textures as you savor each bite of these Baked Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells. The tender pasta shells cradle the creamy ricotta and spinach filling, while the tangy marinara sauce ties everything together in a symphony of taste. This dish isn’t just a meal; it’s a celebration of Italian-inspired goodness that brings people together around the table. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or just starting your culinary journey, these stuffed shells are a must-have in your recipe repertoire. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a culinary adventure that promises satisfaction and smiles from everyone fortunate enough to enjoy this hearty dish.

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