Friday, December 9, 2011

"Stuff Yourself" Shells

You don't want to make a call from these "shell-phones"!

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells
Recipe adapted from For the Love of Cooking
Photos by Bake Yourself Happy

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

  • 18 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground chicken (turkey or beef would work too)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 5-6 basil leaves, chopped
  • 3 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
  • dash of salt, pepper

  1. BOIL jumbo shells, roughly 15 minutes.
  2. ADD olive oil to skillet and heat over medium.  When warm, crumble and brown ground chicken.
  3. STIR in minced garlic, drain fat and grease from chicken.
  4. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. COMBINE the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, spinach, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. 
  6. ADD chicken to mixture.
  7. POUR 1 1/2 cups pasta sauce in a 9"x13" baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. 
  8. STUFF each shell with the chicken and cheese mixture, then place in the baking dish.  Cover with the remaining pasta sauce.
  9. SPRINKLE with additional mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
  10. TOP with tin foil and bake for 35 minutes.

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