This recipe for Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells is easy, delicious, and vegetarian. Perfect for a weeknight meal or date night. Add garlic bread, garlic broccoli, and wine and you have a fancy meal that really took no time at all!
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells
- 20 Jumbo pasta shells (4-5 per person)
- 12 oz Can tomato/pasta sauce add a little more if you like it saucy
- 6 oz Fresh spinach
- 4 cloves Fresh garlic (chopped)
- 1 cup Chopped onion
- 8 oz Cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)
- 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 4 oz Grated or Shredded Parmesan cheese
- 8 oz Diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dried parsley
- 1 tbsp Dried oregano
- 1 tbsp Garlic powder
- 1 tbsp Dried basil
- 1 tbsp Dried thyme
- Boil pasta per instructions on package, once cooked drain, run under cool water, set aside
- While pasta is boiling, saute garlic and onions in a couple tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat for a couple min
- Add in diced tomatoes and spinach and saute until spinach wilts slightly
- Add in sauce and dried seasoning and cook a few minutes until ingredients are heated through and combined
- Next, we can start stuffing our shells. Open up a shell and stuff with a tsp amount of cottage cheese, sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a spoonful of spinach and sauce mixture
- Repeat until each shell is stuffed arranging in a 9x13 size baking pan. Top with remaining sauce mixture and mozzarella/Parmesan cheese
- Cover with foil and bake on 375 degrees for 25 min or until cheese is melted and browned up
Shells may get messy and some ingredients may ooze out during stuffing. That’s OK! Once cooked, all the ingredients will get melty and delicious and whatever falls out into the pan can be added on top when serving.
Pro Tip: Use cottage cheese instead of ricotta cheese for a less expensive and less fattening option. The same goes when making lasagna. However, I can’t take all the credit, this is my mom’s tip. Thanks, Mom!
These shells are sure to be a crown pleaser! Get creative with the ingredients and try different things. I also make Mexican stuffed shells that are my favorite and can easily be made vegetarian, vegan, or with meat! Enjoy!