I know that when the New Year starts... so does everyone's new diet. And I'm totally for that BUT, since I've been on break for the past 2 weeks+ my work is completely backed up and busy as ever. So until I get to that healthy eating (procrastinator at its best) we'll be eating some frozen pre-prepped meals over here.
This Stuffed Shells recipe makes enough for leftovers for dinner as well as a frozen dinner to keep in the freezer. There's only 2 of us over here so this recipe allows for a plethora of stuffed shells, but if you have a big family double this recipe and keep 1 portion in the freezer for that next time you don't feel like making dinner!
Landon and I were also surprised how quickly you fill up with just a few of these! I thought I'd definitely at least have 5 but 3 stuffed shells filled me up perfectly!
Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo pasta shells
1 10 oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
15 oz. ricotta cheese
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan/Pecorrino cheese
1 large egg
1 tsp. italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. fresh basil, finely chopped (optional)
salt and pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 26oz. jar of marinara sauce
1. Preheat over to 375 degrees. Cook the pasta al dente, following the package directions. Drain and set aside.
2. While pasta cooks, in a large bowl combine ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, Parmesan, spinach, egg, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and nutmeg.
3. Spread 3/4 c. spaghetti sauce over bottom of 9x13 baking dish. Stuff shells with cheese/spinach mixture and place in dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
4. Cover baking dish with foil and bake for about 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes until bubbly and cheese begins to brown.
-Just a reminder I only baked a little over half of this recipe and then stuffed the remaining shells and placed them on a cookie sheet and put them in the freezer. Once they were completely frozen, I removed them from the pan and put them in a freezer ziplock bag.-