• Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 10 Servings

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells

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Category: Vegetables, Cheese

 Ingredients List

  • 30 jumbo pasta shells, cooked according to directions listed on package
  • 15 oz. fresh spinach, steamed just until wilted, squeezed dry with paper towels and chopped*
  • 15 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 3 cups (12 oz) mozzarella cheese, finely shredded, divided
  • 1 cup (3.5 oz) Parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups marinara sauce, homemade or store-bought (I used this recipe)
  • red pepper flakes, optional


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, using a fork, blend together Ricotta cheese and egg. Stir in basil, thyme and garlic. Add 2 cups mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and toss mixture to combine. Mix in prepared spinach. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
2. Spread 1/3 cup pasta sauce into an even layer along bottom of a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Divide cheese mixture among cooked pasta shells, stuffing each shell full with about 2 Tbsp cheese mixture. Align shells in baking dish side by side, with the opening of shells facing upright. Stir red pepper flakes to taste into marinara sauce if desired. Cover shells evenly with remaining marinara sauce then sprinkle tops evenly with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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