Jumbo ricotta stuffed shells with creamy and delicious mozzarella and spinach make the most amazing and quick weeknight dinner. It’s so easy and ready in just 30 minutes and is completely vegetarian!
This is a pasta bake pure and simple. Tender pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, spinach, onions and garlic. They are delicious, full of flavor and comforting. Perfect for your hectic week!
How To Make Ricotta Stuffed Shells in 30 Minutes
Boil pasta shells and drain. Until al dente according to package directions
Mix the ricotta and spinach in a bowl with salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Make sure that you season the ricotta to your own taste. Ricotta is kinda bland and needs some help, so lend it a hand with some salt and pepper.
Make the sauce. Simmer a jar of passata with some onions and garlic. Add in some oregano, thyme and rosemary.
Stuff the shells, snuggle them into the sauce and bake the whole dish over with cheese!
You can freeze stuffed pasta shells in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Just make sure that you wrap and cover them tightly with a layer of cling film then a layer of foil. That helps protect everything from the freezer burn.
Easy Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells
- 20 large pasta shells
- 1 ½ cups low fat ricotta
- 10 oz frozen spinach thawed excess water squeezed out
- pinch of nutmeg
- 2 cups grated mozzarella
- Salt to taste
For the sauce
- 2 cloves garlic grated
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 cups passata or any think tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water according to the package instructions. Drain and reserve.
- To make the ricotta filling, place the ricotta, spinach nutmeg and salt and pepper in a medium boil and stir to combine with a fork. Stuff this mixture into the drained and cool shells. There should be enough filling for about 1 tablespoon of mixture per shell.
- To make the sauce, sweat the onions and garlic in a large pot and cook until the onions and garlic are soft and fragrant. Add the dried herbs and the passata or tomatoes and simmer for about 10 minutes. Place the sauce in the bottom of a pan and layer the stuffed shells over top. Generously sprinkle the cheese over the shells and bake until the whole dish is hot and the cheese is turning golden and starting to bubble.