Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

"A great Italian dish for vegetarians or pasta lovers."
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Ready In:
1hr 25mins




  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water, uncovered, 3 minutes; drain.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to moderate.
  • Boil, steam or microwave spinach until just wilted; drain.
  • Chop spinach finely, squeeze out excess liquid.
  • Combine spinach in a large bowl with ricotta and cottage cheese; spoon spinach mixture into pasta shells.
  • Combine sauce and stock in oiled shallow 2 litre (8 cup) ovenproof dish.
  • Place pasta shells in dish; sprinkle with parmesan.
  • Bake, covered, in moderate oven about 1 hour or until pasta is tender.

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  1. MollyJ
    I used this recipe as a launching point for a Lenten supper. I could not find the large shells suitable for stuffing, so I used whole grain shells, medium sized. I used a jar of marinara and to that I sauteed and added onion, garlic, green peppers and mushrooms. I seasoned that with Italian Herb mix and a couple dashes of dried pepper flakes. I was going to add zucchini to that also but decided not to (time). Then I made a ricotta, cottage cheese combo with one egg and some added parmesan and black pepper. I cooked and drained spinach and stirred that into the ricotta. Then I layered noodles, sauce and ricotta mixture twice and topped it with some shredded mozarella. Baked it for 30-40 minutes, foil covered. Took foil off for the last 10 minutes. DS didn't like it--too many veggies--but DH and I enjoyed it. I served it with "Recipe #44889" and it was YUMMY!
  2. KissKiss
    Very good, but like another reviewer said it could use some spices. It was a little bland, but I loved the texture and the lightness of it. Great dish that I will definitely make again, but I'll play with the spices a little. Thanks for a keeper!
  3. ellie_
    This is a very good stuffed shell recipe for vegetarian night. I added some pasta sauce to cover the pasta shells along with additional parmesan. We had this with Italian Bread for the Bread Machine recipe#50917 for an outstanding healthy pasta meal. Thanks Terese for posting this delicious pasta recipe.
  4. Derf2440
    Very good supper, not too difficult to make but could use some spices, it was quite bland, I would use some Italian spice mix next time, mixed with the cheeses and maybe a little pinch of hot pepper flakes. All in all it was a good recipe and we enjoyed it, served with a crispy green salad and some crusty rolls. Thanks for sharing.



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