Sunday, October 2, 2011

Recipe: Stuffed Shells

(printable recipe)

1 box large shells
8 garlic cloves, minced, divided
3 tbsps. olive oil, divided
2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
2 tsps. dried basil leaves
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
salt and pepper to taste
1 bag (16 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3 cups part skim ricotta
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup fontina or mozzarella cheese

Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and heat oven to 400'.  Cook shells al dente according to directions on box (9-10 mins.)  Drain and cool under cold water when done.

Meanwhile, add 5 garlic cloves and 2 tbsps. oil to a dutch oven or deep fry pan; turn burner to medium-high.  When the garlic begins to sizzle, add tomatoes and enough water (1/2 cup or so ) for a sauce that is neither thick or thin.  Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low an continue to simmer to blend flavors, about 10 mins.

Put basil, oregano, parsley and remaining 3 cloves of garlic and 1 tsbp. of oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.  When garlic sizzles, add spinach; saute until warm, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir in ricotta and 1/3 cup Parmesan; adjust seasonings.

To assemble, spread about 2 cups tomato sauce in a 9x13 pyrex dish.  Rill cooled shells with ricotta mixture using a spoon or a pastry bag with no tip.  (Using a pastry bag is really the easiest way to fill the shells.)

Drizzle remaining 2 cups of sauce over the shells and sprinkle with fontina or mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheeses.  Cover with a cooking-spray-coated sheet of aluminum foil.
Bake until bubbly, 30-35 mins.  Remove foil, and, leaving pan on u pper-middle rack, broil until golden, 3-5 mins. Serve with remaining warm tomato sauce.
You can also freeze before cooking and bake at a later date, which is what I am doing.

Makes about 40 large shells.
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Jill said...

That meal sounds so delicious!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
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Bridget said...

This sounds like my recipe, I just dont have it close by to be sure. But I love to make this for the women in our church after they have babies! Its so easy and everyone loves them and thinks they are so fancy!

Melinda said...

Anything that uses 8 garlic cloves is a winner in my book! Looks delish!

Rachael @ The Little Birdie said...

YUM!! Can't wait to try these! I'm visiting from the Sugar Bee's "Take a Look Tuesday" linky party, I hope you'll pop by my blog and say hello!

I also have a linky party every Tuesday and would love it if you'd link up your tutorial, I'm featuring recipes this week! :) xoxo

momstheword said...

oooooooh, yummers! I love any pasta recipe that is tomato based! How can it not be good? Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Michelle said...

Sounds yummy! I don't have shells, but I have some spinach I need to use. Looks really good! Haven't been here in a while. Just stoppin' in to say "Hi!" and "yummo!"

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

That looks to die for!!!

Can't wait to try it myself!

AshTreeCottage said...

Yummy!!! Thanks for the recipe!

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Magical Mystical Teacher said...

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Mecky said...

That looks very good!

MelissaAggie98 said...

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Malisa said...

I LOVE stuffed shells. They have always been one of my favorite foods ever since I was a little girl. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe that's easy too.

S (Susanne) said...

Looks scrumptious!

~~Carol~~ said...

I just bought a bag of frozen stuffed shells at the grocery store, and I'm betting that they won't taste nearly as delicious as yours look! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Happy REDnesday,

Marilyn said...

This looks so yummmy.... LOVE IT.. I would LOVE to have you link it to my linky party going on today - Pin'Inspirational Thursdays over at The ArtsyGirl Connection - TY :)) Link is - ps: officially following ya :))

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

wow!! i'm drooling already!!! I can't wait to attempt this! You have used all of my favorite ingredients!!

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Threeundertwo said...

Yum!! This looks fabulous. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday.

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Stuff and Nonsense said...

i've never made stuffed shells yet
but this might be the recipe
to get me to try

these look delicious!

thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


Erin O'Riordan said...

Yum yum yum yum yum!

MissMOE said...

This looks wonderful. It's been a long time since I've made stuffed shells. I'll have to use your recipe to make them again. I'm a new follower from the Wobble Over Wednesday Hop. Would love a follow back.

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humanecats said...

Boy this sounds great. I'm visiting from the Saturday Stalk blog hop. I'm now following you on GFC as Ericka T. Please check out my blog and consider following me. Thanks.

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