Stuffed Shells

A pair of these baked jumbo shells (conchiglioni)-filled with three cheeses and spinach-makes a great kid-size portion.

  • Servings: 10
Stuffed Shells

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Spring

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 1 pound spinach, trimmed
  • 1 pound large pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pound ricotta cheese
  • 4 ounces coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Boil spinach until bright green, about 30 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain. Add shells to boiling water; cook until slightly underdone. Drain. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil. Set aside.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil and the garlic in a large skillet over medium-low heat until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened slightly, 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Squeeze spinach to release excess water; coarsely chop. Stir together with cheeses and egg. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Stuff each shell with about 2 tablespoons cheese mixture. Spread 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce in a 9-by-13 inch baking dish. Arrange shells in dish; cover with more sauce, reserving some for serving. Bake 25 minutes. Serve with remaining sauce.

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