Fresh Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells #Recipe

Every once in a while I want something meatless, something that also doesn't take a lot of time to prepare. Whether you've been at work all day or had a long day at appointments etc., you want to spend as less time in the kitchen as possible. This meal that I'm sharing with you today is not only delicious but also doesn't take too long to prepare or cook. If your kids aren't big fans of spinach, mixed together with Ricotta they might actually enjoy this. Today I bring to you our Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells. It'll be a hit with your family and you.

Yields: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 35 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes

Here's what you'll need:


16 jumbo pasta shells + a few extra shells to allow for breakage while pasta is cooking

1 ½ tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

4 cups (packed) fresh spinach leaves, roughly chopped

12 oz. ricotta cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

1 large egg

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 ½ cups marinara sauce


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cooke the pasta al dente, according to directions on packaging. Drain and set aside.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until it begins to brown (less than 2 minutes). Add the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leaves begin to wilt but still bright green in color. The spinach should be reduced by half. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. In a mixing bowl, stir together the spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg and salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Pour ½ cup of the marinara sauce into the bottom of a shallow 9x9 baking dish. Stuff each pasta shell generously with spinach and ricotta mixture, and place in baking dish.

4. Cover with remaining sauce and bake covered with aluminum foil for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking until the top begins to brown and the sauce begins to bubble, another 10-15 minutes. Serve warm with a sprinkle of Parmesan.

Note: This dish can be made a day in advance. Keep refrigerated until ready to cook – use same temperature, but add 10-15 additional minutes to cooking time.

Annmarie John


  1. I haven't made stuffed shells in years because it is so time consuming. But I do love them!

  2. I haven't had stuffed shells in years and this looks incredible. My mom use to make them, I think it is my turn now to make for my kids.

  3. These are a great make ahead dish, you can make a double batch and freeze them. My kids are weird about lasagna so I don't make it much

  4. Mmm these looks really good. I haven't had stuffed shells in forever!

  5. I love stuffed shells and it's a great way for me to sneak in some spinach! When the kids don't see it, they eat it up, no complaints!

  6. Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious. So yummy. I love spinach and stuffed shells. Delicious.

  7. I love spinach! This looks amazing. What a great way to "hide" veggies for kids too!

  8. I love stuffed shells, and this looks amazing! It's especially great because my husband and daughter, who are both vegetarians, can eat it too!

  9. Yes! I love spinach and these sound awesome. I need to make these ASAP.

  10. Mmmm this looks delicious. I love a good italian meal.

  11. I have not had stuffed shell in a while .. I usually use ground Beef but this is a better alternative :-)

  12. That's my favorite way to eat Spinach. These shells look oh so good!

  13. I LOVE spinach in Italian foods. LOVE!

  14. Everything looks SO tasty! I'm going to need to try this one. So good!

  15. These look wonderful! i wish my husband would eat a meatless dinner

  16. My family would love this recipe for dinner!

  17. Oh sweet - my old favorite.
    If you make this for me, I'll trade you family photos!

  18. YUM! A perfect family meal. I need to make these, I am sure my kids would love them.

  19. I love your stuffed shells recipe! I have made stuffed shells before and we really love it, but I want to make this recipe-it looks so good!


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