Monday, May 20, 2013

Spinach & Ricitta Stuffed Shells

                                   Makes 6 servings

24          jumbo pasta shells
1            15-oz. container ricotta
2            cups shredded mozzarella
1/2         cup shredded Parmesan

1            10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1            large egg, lightly beaten 
                    **Salt and pepper **
1            teaspoon Italian seasoning
                    **Pinch of ground nutmeg**
1            26-oz. jar spaghetti sauce

1.      Preheat oven to 375ºF. Mist a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook pasta shells according to package label directions; drain and set aside to cool. While pasta cooks, in a large bowl, stir together ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, egg, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and nutmeg.
2.      Spread 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce over bottom of baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese-and-spinach mixture and place in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
3.      Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake about 10 minutes longer, until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.
Pasta shells are a fun option on pasta night, and a clever way to sneak in those good-for-you veggies in case you have an eagle-eyed eater. Stuff the shells with a cheese-spinach mixture, cover with spaghetti sauce and cheese, and bake until bubbly.

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