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Fast Abstract

Stuffed Shells- Jumbo pasta shells full of a creamy, tacky spinach filling, topped with wealthy marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and baked to perfection. This scrumptious dinner will be made prematurely and it’s freezer pleasant too!

stuffed shells with marinara sauce and cheese in pan with serving spoon. stuffed shells with marinara sauce and cheese in pan with serving spoon.

Baked pasta dishes are so comforting and scrumptious. Just a few favorites embody: baked ziti, baked spaghetti, baked mac and cheese, and manicotti.

I additionally LOVE Stuffed Shells. They’re the proper weeknight meal – hearty, scrumptious, and all the time a crowd pleaser!

The jumbo cooked pasta shells are full of a creamy filling that’s made up of three cheeses; ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. The filling additionally has garlic, spinach, and herbs for added taste.

Smother the tacky stuffed shells with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and bake till bubbly. Garnish with recent basil and revel in a basic Italian meal. Comforting, cozy, and tremendous satisfying!

And the perfect half? You possibly can put together this stuffed shells recipe prematurely and the shells are freezer pleasant too! That is additionally a fantastic meal to take to family members when they’re in want of a selfmade meal, simply add garlic bread and a salad.

ingredients in bowls to make stuffed shells. ingredients in bowls to make stuffed shells.

Substances

  • Jumbo pasta shells– prepare dinner till al dente in keeping with bundle instructions. I all the time boil 24 pasta shells simply in case some break, however you’ll solely want 20 for the recipe.
  • Olive oil– for sautéing the veggies.
  • Spinach– use recent spinach and provides it a tough chop.
  • Garlic– minced. Use a pointy knife or garlic press.
  • Ricotta cheese– ricotta is a easy cheese with a creamy, gentle style and a thick texture.
  • Egg– to bind the filling collectively.
  • Mozzarella cheese– I like to recommend shopping for a block of cheese and grating it. It can soften higher than pre-shredded cheese.
  • Parmesan cheese– freshly grated!
  • Italian seasoning– the proper mix of Italian seasonings and I all the time have it within the pantry.
  • Crushed purple pepper flakes– for slightly warmth.
  • Marinara sauce– you should use selfmade marinara sauce or retailer purchased. Rao’s is our favourite retailer purchased model.
  • Contemporary basil– for garnish.
cooked jumbo shells in colander to make stuffed shells. cooked jumbo shells in colander to make stuffed shells.

The right way to Make Stuffed Shells

Scroll all the way down to recipe card for full checklist of components and directions!

  • Preheat oven to 375 diploma F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Put aside.
  • Deliver a big pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and prepare dinner till al dente, in keeping with bundle directions. Don’t overcook the shells. Drain, and rinse with run chilly water to cease cooking. Set the shells apart.
sautéed spinach with garlic in skillet with wooden spoon. sautéed spinach with garlic in skillet with wooden spoon.
  • In a big skillet, warmth the olive oil over medium warmth. Add the chopped spinach and sauté till wilted. Add the garlic and prepare dinner for 1 minute.
stuffed shell filling in bowl. stuffed shell filling in bowl.
  • In a big bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg, spinach combination, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, purple pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
marinara sauce spread at the bottom of a baking dish with spoon. marinara sauce spread at the bottom of a baking dish with spoon.
  • Unfold 1 ½ cups of the marinara sauce on the underside of the baking dish.
stuffed shells being filled with ricotta cheese filling. stuffed shells being filled with ricotta cheese filling.
  • Fill the pasta shells with the cheese and spinach combination.
  • You should use a spoon or piping bag to fill the shells. In the event you don’t have a piping bag, you should use a gallon-size freezer bag, use scissors to snip the nook of the bag. You should use a spoon, however the piping makes it a lot simpler!
stuffed shells with ricotta spinach filling in baking dish. stuffed shells with ricotta spinach filling in baking dish.
  • Place the stuffed shells within the baking dish in a fair layer. It’s okay if they’re shut collectively and touching.
stuffed shells topped with marinara sauce in baking dish. stuffed shells topped with marinara sauce in baking dish.
  • Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the shells.
stuffed shells covered in marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese in pan getting ready to be baked. stuffed shells covered in marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese in pan getting ready to be baked.
  • Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and canopy the pan with aluminum foil.
baked stuffed shells in pan. baked stuffed shells in pan.
  • Bake for half-hour. Rigorously take away the foil and broil for two minutes to calmly brown the cheese.
  • Take away from the oven and garnish with recent basil. Serve heat.

Recipe Ideas

  • Cook dinner the jumbo shells in generously salted boiling water. The salt will give the shells taste.
  • Just a few shells may break whereas cooking, so boil just a few further simply to be protected.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta shells, prepare dinner till al dente, in keeping with bundle instructions. The shells will end cooking within the oven.
  • Be certain the entire stuffed shells are lined with marinara sauce in order that they don’t dry out within the oven. Additionally, be sure to cowl the pan with foil earlier than baking. You possibly can take away the foil the previous few minutes of cooking to brown the cheese.
  • You too can broil the stuffed shells for a minute or two to brown the cheese.
stuffed shells covered in cheese in baking dish. stuffed shells covered in cheese in baking dish.

Recipe Variations

  • Kale– as an alternative of spinach you should use kale. You too can omit the spinach and use a plain cheese filling.
  • Cottage cheese-use cottage cheese as an alternative of ricotta cheese for a lift of protein. I like to recommend utilizing complete milk cottage cheese so it’s tremendous creamy.
  • Lemon– add lemon zest to the cheese filling to brighten the flavors.
  • Contemporary herbs– as an alternative of utilizing dried Italian seasoning, you should use chopped recent basil, parsley, thyme, or a mixture of herbs.
  • Nutmeg– add a pinch of nutmeg to the cheese filling for a slight sweetness. Just a little goes a good distance so be sure to solely add slightly bit.
  • Add greens– finely chopped mushrooms, zucchini, or bell peppers could be a fantastic addition to the cheese filling. Sauté in olive oil earlier than including them to the cheese filling. You may additionally like my roasted vegetable stuffed shells.
  • Meat sauce– as an alternative of marinara sauce, use a meat sauce. I like to recommend utilizing the meat sauce we use to make basic spaghetti. 
  • Add protein– you possibly can add cooked hen or Italian sausage to the cheese filling.
stuffed shells in pan with spoon. stuffed shells in pan with spoon.

Make Forward Tip

Stuffed shells will be prepped prematurely.

  • Observe the recipe, however don’t bake.
  • Cowl the baking dish tightly with foil and preserve the stuffed shells within the fridge for as much as 24 hours earlier than baking.
  • When able to bake, take away from the fridge and and prepare dinner in keeping with the recipe directions. Add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time since you are beginning with chilled shells.

The right way to Freeze Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells are freezer pleasant. Make a pan and preserve within the freezer for a busy day!

  • In the event you plan on freezing stuffed shells, it’s best to make them in a disposable aluminum pan so you possibly can put the pan proper within the freezer.
  • Put together the stuffed shells, however don’t bake. Cowl the aluminum pan with plastic wrap and aluminum foil (or the lid the pan comes with).
  • Label, date, and place within the freezer. Freeze for as much as 3 months.
  • When able to bake, bake the shells from frozen and add a further half-hour to the baking time.
  • You too can freeze leftover baked shells in particular person parts. Place cooled, cooked shells in particular person freezer containers. Take away from freezer and warmth within the microwave for two minutes or till heated by means of.

The right way to Retailer Leftovers

  • The right way to Retailer Leftovers: let the pasta cool utterly. Retailer in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days.
  • The right way to Reheat Leftovers: reheat particular person servings within the microwave. You too can reheat a pan of stuffed shells in a 350 diploma F oven. Bake till heated by means of, about 20 minutes.
stuffed shells on plate with fork. stuffed shells on plate with fork.

What to Serve with Stuffed Shells

If you wish to serve just a few aspect dishes alongside aspect the tacky stuffed shells, listed below are just a few good choices.

close up of stuffed shells on plate. close up of stuffed shells on plate.

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Stuffed Shells

Jumbo pasta shells full of a creamy, tacky spinach filling, topped with wealthy marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and baked to perfection. This scrumptious dinner will be made prematurely and it is freezer pleasant too!

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  • Preheat oven to 375 diploma F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Put aside.

  • Deliver a big pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta shells and prepare dinner till al dente, in keeping with bundle directions. Don’t overcook the shells. Drain, and rinse with run chilly water to cease cooking. Set the shells apart.

  • In a big skillet, warmth the olive oil over medium warmth. Add the chopped spinach and sauté till wilted. Add the garlic and prepare dinner for 1 minute.

  • In a big bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg, spinach combination, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, purple pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.

  • Unfold 1 ½ cups of the marinara sauce on the underside of the baking dish.

  • Use a spoon to fill the pasta shells with the cheese and spinach combination. Place within the baking dish.

  • Pour the remaining marinara sauce over the shells and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.

  • Cowl with foil and bake for half-hour. Rigorously take away the foil and broil for a further 2 minutes to calmly brown the cheese.

  • Take away from the oven and garnish with recent basil. Serve heat.

I all the time boil 24 pasta shells simply in case some break, however you’ll solely want 20 for the recipe.

Energy: 494kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 29g, Fats: 28g, Saturated Fats: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fats: 2g, Monounsaturated Fats: 9g, Ldl cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 988mg, Potassium: 692mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3278IU, Vitamin C: 15mg, Calcium: 560mg, Iron: 3mg

Key phrases marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, stuffed shells

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