Tuesday, April 1, 2014

{Recipe} Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells

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Often I come up with a recipe that Sean and I both love. I'm not going to toot my own horn and act like this recipe was difficult to come up with because I'm sure if I do a quick google search I'll find a recipe close enough to it. But I had all those cheeses in my fridge one day and decided to throw them all in and now I can't eat stuffed shells any other way. Of course, you don't need to use so many different cheeses if you don't care to, so switch it up based on your preference. I also know that a lot of people use ricotta cheese but since I don't like ricotta I never use it when I cook.

OK, now a problem that I have had creating my own recipes and sharing them is that I'm just basing the amount of ingredients needed by my eyes and what I think the recipe needs by taste testing. When I made this recipe this time around I actually measured stuff that way I could be specific rather than saying something like, "give it seven shakes of black pepper". I was tempted but then decided against it. You're welcome ;).

Ingredients:

1 package jumbo pasta shells
Box of frozen spinach
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of Four Cheese
1 cup of Monterrey Jack cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried parsley
homemade spaghetti sauce or you can purchase a jar of spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (set aside)

Directions:

1. Cook shells according to package directions. Place in cold water to stop cooking. Drain.

2. Cook frozen spinach according to package directions (I do it a little differently than the package directions. I allow the spinach to thaw and then I cook it for half of the time that is noted on the package directions). Either way is fine though.

3. Mix together spinach, mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, four cheese and Monterrey Jack cheese, eggs, black pepper, sea salt, oregano, parsley and garlic powder. Stuff mixture into the shells.

4. Spread spaghetti sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan (it should be a light layer of sauce covering the bottom). Place shells open side up and close together in pan. Spread as much sauce as you prefer on top of shells, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese that was set aside.

5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese melted.

6. Stuff your face! No really, do it.

17 comments:

Law_Fal said...

Yum! You've totally expanded my to cook list!

ABeautiful LittleBlog said...

This look so yummy, I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

Angela K said...

Looks yummy! Plus it's vegetarian, which I appreciate. Thanks for sharing!

CoastWithMe said...

When are you coming out with a cookbook Faith?! Watch out Ina, Giada, and Ree! Faith is on her way lo! You're killing me Larry! This looks so freaking good! And it's vegetarian?! This will definitely be a hit with my family! Thanks for sharing the top secret recipe!

Angela - RoseTinted Lenses said...

I'm now drooling as I eat a pathetic bowl of Muesli for breakfast!
This sounds and looks delicious! xo

two birds said...

You guys eat well in your house! These look so yummy!

Life with J and J said...

Girl, I am not even a pasta person but I saw that picture and I swear I tasted the food! YUMMY GOODNESS!!!

OK. Off to read the actual post now :-).

EmilyJane said...

I just made a big vat of ravioli so I could cook it and freeze it and made it all yesterday, and now I don't want it, and I want to make these instead. Cheese & Noodles... I'm sold :D

Lovelyladyjb said...

THose look delicious! I am such a sucker for cheese so I will have to try this :)

Heather said...

Yum! This sounds like such a tasty comfort food dish.

Desiree Macke said...

YUM!
While I love spinach, the husband does not. Do you think swapping something like ground turkey would be ok?

Dee D said...

My goodness that looks delicious. You did again... another great recipe.

Jessi Francis said...

These sound delicious! I love that you put spinach in them and that you DIDN'T put ricotta... not my favorite either.

Lisa Denise said...

Hey Gurl, Miss you, sorry I haven't been by in a while. Been going thru quite bit. Hugs.



Lisa x

Jess said...

The more cheese the better! Yum!

Brittany said...

YUM!!! So going to make this recipe! Zach and Bear would LOVE these!

Morgan said...

Love this recipe! Your picture looks amazing. I am with you, I am not a huge fan of ricotta so this sounds awesome to me! Because I am a huge fan of cheese. :) I eyeball it when I am adding ingredients too, haha.