Thursday, September 13, 2012

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Sometimes I have leftover ingredients from a recipe and I am able to reuse it for another recipe like this spinach and ricotta stuffed shells.  I used the leftover ricotta mixture from my recent lasagna recipe and just added spinach to it.  What is also great about these stuffed shells is that it is freezer friendly and I even tested it out for all you already.  I made the spinach and ricotta stuffed shells and froze them in freezer bags.  You would just need to bake the frozen stuffed shells longer, about 45 to 50 minutes instead of 30 minutes.  These spinach and ricotta stuffed shells went great with my basil tomato sauce.  Top with extra parmesan cheese if you want it to be extra cheesy.

Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

12 ounces jumbo pasta shells, cooked
2 cups basil tomato sauce (recipe here)
7 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
¼ cup parmesan cheese
6 ounces baby spinach


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and spread 1 cup of basil tomato sauce on bottom of baking dish.

In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, egg, mozzarella, parmesan and spinach.

Spoon filling into each pasta shell. 

Arrange stuffed pasta shells in baking dish.  Spread remaining 1 cup tomato sauce over shells. 

Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 

Freezer Option:  You may prepare the stuffed shells ahead of time and place in a freezer bag (without the tomato sauce).  When ready to bake, there is no need to defrost, just place in baking dish with tomato sauce and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.