Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

I have always loved the Favorites cookbook because they have such great recipes. The other night my husband wanted pasta and so I decided to use this recipe. It was so good! Serve with salad and french/garlic bread. Enjoy!

32 Jumbo pasta shells
2 ( 10 ounce) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 ( 15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese, divided
2 TB fresh basil
3 garlic cloves
salt and pepper to taste
3 cups bottled or homemade marinara sauce

Cook pasta shells following package directions, drain and set aside. Squeeze spinach dry and put in a large bowl. Add ricotta, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, basil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and stir to blend. spoon 1/2 cup marinara sauce evenly over bottom of a 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Fill each pasta shell with spinach mixture. Place shells, filling side up, in the dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and cover loosely with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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