Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Stuffed Shells

Cheap, easy, yummy, and made enough for leftovers. This recipe was a winner.
Recipe adapted from Fitness Magazine's- my changes are in pink.


  • 18jumbo pasta shells (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4ounces fresh chorizo, crumbled (we used hot turkey sausage- a little healthier. I think the recipe could go without sausage completely, though)
  • 115 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4teaspoon sugar (I left this out)
  • 1/4teaspoon salt plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/4teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus additional for seasoning
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2cups (about 2 ounces) baby spinach, finely chopped (I used more, probably about 3 cups- I love spinach and wanted to stuff as much in as possible!)
  • 1cup low-fat ricotta (Or non-fat. Tastes the same to me!)
  • 1/2cup shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1egg white, lightly beaten


1. Cook shells according to package directions; rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry.
2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings and return pan to stove (if you use turkey sausage, no need to drain as it won't produce as much drippings). Add tomatoes and sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste; simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
4. Combine spinach, cheeses, egg white and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spoon half the tomato sauce into prepared dish. Stuff each shell with 1 heaping tablespoon filling and arrange stuffed shells in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until pasta is cooked through and sauce begins to bubble, about 30 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.



  1. I love making stuffed shells! We prepare them ahead time and freeze them!

  2. Oh my god, I want to try this. It sounds like it's delicious. xo, Maria

  3. looks so yummy!! have to try this one.

  4. Um ok how weird is this - I have a stuffed shells recipe going up for tomorrow!!! But your photo is waaaay better!

  5. Hey Alyssa!
    I'm so glad that we could swap buttons and become friends. That recipe looks delish! It's making me hungry!


  6. I love stuffed shells! This recipe looks amazing!

  7. Your's looks so so yummy. I use a very similar recipe without any meat (because I am veg) and it is so good. And like Rachel said above, freezing them works out perfectly.


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