Spinach, Ricotta and Tofu (Optional) Stuffed Shells (Oamc)
These are delicious! I created this recipe because I wanted shells that were a little healthier than what was already posted. Use only Ricotta or (or only tofu) if preferred, doubling the quantity. This makes a LOT of shells (around 30). If you half it, just use one large egg or two small. Everything else is straightforward. Freezes well (instructions below).
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 1 (12 ounce) box jumbo pasta shells (about 32 shells)
- 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
- 16 ounces firm tofu, drained well
- 16 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese, split
- 1 small onions or 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 -4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 eggs
- 3 teaspoons salt
- fresh ground pepper
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 (25 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (or more if you love spaghetti sauce)
- Cook pasta shells according to box directions, drain and rinse with cool water. Set aside.
- Sautee onions and garlic over medium, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent (careful not to burn garlic). Take off of heat and allow to cool off a bit.
- Mash together spinach, tofu, Ricotta cheese, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, eggs, onions and garlic, s&p and nutmeg.
- Fill shells generously, about a heaping tablespoon each. You can modify as you go.
- ***TO FREEZE:*** Put shells on a baking sheet so that they are not touching. Freeze uncovered for about 20 minutes, then toss into a freezer bag. This way they will not stick together.
- To bake shells right away: Preheat oven to 350. Spread a few tablespoons spaghetti sauce on the bottom of a large casserole. Put shells in, filling-side up. Top with remaining sauce and parmesan cheese. Cook covered for 30 minutes and uncovered for 5 or 10 minutes.
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My boyfriend really liked this, so I'm giving it an extra star for him, but I thought the filling was really bland. I used just ricotta. If I make this again I'll probably try putting more garlic and mixing some Italian herbs into the filling. It seems like a good way to use up my bountiful spinach harvest.
This was a huge hit at my house. DH has already asked for it again! It was so delicious and very easy to prepare. I did not use the optional tofu, and I used only one package of frozen spinach (as that was all I had on hand). But that didn't really matter, it was still a VERY scrumptious dinner. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Natalia 3. Made for 2009 Spring Pick-A-Chef.