Spinach Stuffed Shells

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This recipe for spinach stuffed shells features tender, jumbo pasta shells filled to the brim with a tasty mixture of garlic, parmesan, ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, and Italian seasonings. Covered with a layer of bubbly marinara sauce, this is the most delicious way to load up on carbs!

Don’t get me wrong, I love all pasta, but there’s something about stuffed pasta that makes it so irresistible! Here are a few more of my favorite recipes that you should try next: creamy Tuscan ravioli, manicotti, and three cheese stuffed shells!

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good stuffed shell? They’re the perfect comfort food – cheesy, saucy, and packed with flavor. But let’s also be honest, sometimes they can feel like a project. Between boiling the pasta, sautéing the filling, and layering everything just right, it’s enough to make you want to order takeout. Enter this spinach stuffed shells recipe – it’s like a hug on a plate, but without the fuss.

This recipe is seriously easy. No pre-cooking the shells (score!), and the spinach cooks down in a flash with just a splash of water. The filling is a dreamy combo of ricotta, parmesan, and garlic, and the Italian seasoning adds a touch of magic. Plus, who can resist melty mozzarella on top? This dish is guaranteed to please even the pickiest eaters in your family (ahem, my youngest who claims she doesn’t like spinach… but magically devours these shells every time). So ditch the Italian takeout menus and whip up this easy, cheesy masterpiece. Your taste buds (and your family) will thank you!

Don’t Worry!

This recipe is Picky Eater Approved!

Ingredient List

  • Jumbo Shells: These are your edible vessels, ready to be stuffed with cheesy goodness.
  • Spinach: Leafy greens for the win! Frozen or fresh, both work. Just remember, frozen needs a quick squeeze to wring out any excess water. (You don’t want your dish to end up too watery.)
  • Ricotta Cheese: Creamy, dreamy base for the filling. Full-fat is best, but part-skim works in a pinch. Just add a pinch of extra salt if you go light.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Salty, nutty punch of flavor. Sprinkle some in the filling, then pile on more for that irresistible cheesy crust.
  • Garlic: So your spinach stuffed shells have the best savory flavor. Don’t skimp! Freshly minced is best, but jarred works too if you’re in a pinch.
  • Italian Seasoning: Tasty herbs in a bottle, like oregano, basil, and thyme.
  • Salt & Pepper: Trusty flavor boosters. Add to taste so the flavor is to your liking!
  • Marinara Sauce: Some sauciness to cover the shells with- chunky or smooth, classic or spicy, whatever you want! You can also try making your own.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Stretchy, gooey, melty heaven. Pile it on top for that golden brown, bubbly finish. No pasta bake is complete without it!
  • Extra Parmesan for Garnish: Because, well, more cheese is always a good idea. Plus, it makes your dish look fancy (even if it took thirty minutes to whip up).

How to Make Spinach Stuffed Shells

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Cook the pasta shells according to the package directions and set aside.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of water and the spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted and the water has evaporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Once everything is well combined, stir in the spinach.
  4. Pour 1 cup of the marinara sauce into the baking dish. Stuff each shell with the ricotta filling, about a tablespoon, and arrange them in a single layer, filling side up, in the pan.
  5. Pour the remaining marinara sauce around and on the shells. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the shells and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and browning.

Pick Your Sauce!

This recipe calls for marinara but these shells would go great with an Alfredo SauceCreamy Pesto, or your favorite pasta sauce!

Storing Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Spinach Stuffed Shells

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Spray a 9X13 baking dish with cooking spray. Cook the pasta shells according to the package directions and set aside.
  • In a skillet over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of water and the spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted and the water has evaporated.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Once everything is well combined, stir in the spinach.
  • Pour 1 cup of the marinara sauce into the baking dish. Stuff each shell with the ricotta filling, about a tablespoon, and arrange them in a single layer, filling side up, in the pan.
  • Pour the remaining marinara sauce around and on the shells. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the shells and bake for about 25-30 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and browning.

Notes

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

This recipe calls for marinara but these shells would go great with an Alfredo Sauce, Creamy Pesto, or your favorite pasta sauce!

 

 



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