Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells
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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 10
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 348.2
  • Total Fat: 12.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 37.2 mg
  • Sodium: 562.4 mg
  • Total Carbs: 38.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g
  • Protein: 21.9 g

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Introduction

Slightly modified recipe from "Cook Yourself Thin" cookbook. 4 shells is one serving. Slightly modified recipe from "Cook Yourself Thin" cookbook. 4 shells is one serving.
Number of Servings: 10

Ingredients

    1 box of Barilla Jumbo Pasta Shells
    2 plum tomatoes, chopped
    1/2 can of Pureed tomatoes
    1 chopped onion
    1 basil leaf, chopped or 2 tsps of dried
    3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

    For the pasta filling:
    1 bag of baby spinach
    2 zucchini, half-mooned and thinly sliced
    2 cups of Ricotta Cheese, part skim milk
    1 and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Part-Skim Shredded Cheese - reduced fat as well if you find it
    1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese, grated

    Note: You can add deli-sliced ham to the filling as well, chop into pieces.

Directions

You can do this the night before: Take tomatoes and place them in boiling water for 15 seconds, then after cooling, remove the skin and de-seed or just chop finely - add to a blender with tomato puree and pulse.
(I only had two tomatoes available, but feel free to add more)

Bring a large pot of water to boil and add salt and pasta shells. Boil for 9 minutes, drain and set aside.

In a saucepan, you can add 2 tsps of oil or use Pam, and add garlic with onions. Let saute and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the tomato mixture and basil. Let cook for another minute, set aside.

In a separate non-stick pan, saute the spinach until wilted, then remove and chop finely.
Then insert the zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and remove from fire. Set aside and let cool.

In a bowl, combine the Ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese, add some ground nutmeg if you have, then add the zucchini and spinach - taste to see if you require more salt/pepper. Here is where you can add the ham if you would like to.

layer the bottom of a baking dish with about a 1/2 of the tomato sauce, making sure the bottom is completely covered (add more if needed). Stuff shells with cheese mixture. Line dish with shells until there are no more shells (or cheese...or even room in the dish). Top the shells with the remaining tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese as well as the parmesan. Cover with foil and place in the preheated oven at 350 degrees. Cook for 25-30 min.

Serving Size: Serves 10

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