Sunday, August 12, 2012

Spinach Stuffed Shells

I made this pasta recipe for dinner Thursday night and it was a BIG hit! This recipe could easily feed  4-6 hungry people, and would be a great dinner party meal. Plus, there's something special and kind of fun about using JUMBO shells:

- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 frozen, thawed package of spinach
- 16 oz. ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup Parmesan (shredded or grated)
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 Tbs Italian seasoning
- pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 jars spaghetti sauce (the recipe only calls from one, but we thought it needed more sauce)
- 1 box jumbo stuffed shells

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook pasta shells, drain, and set aside to cool (do not overcook pasta, as shells will be difficult to stuff). Brown ground beef and drain fat.

2. While shells are cooling, mix in large bowl ricotta, Parmesan, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 egg, Italian seasoning, nutmeg, salt, pepper, thawed spinach and ground beef (seasoning can be adjusted according to personal preference).

3. Once pasta is cooled, using large spoon, stuff each shell with mixture. Shells should be stuffed generously but still be able to almost close.

4. Pour half of spaghetti sauce in bottom of large casserole dish, add stuffed shells, pour remaining spaghetti sauce over top and sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup mozzarella.

5. Bake @ 375 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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