Spinach and Ricotta-Stuffed Shells

  • crs175 Posted: 06/06/09
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    This was tasty, but it needs some work. I added two links of hot italian turkey sausage, but it wasn't enough to spice it up. I will add some red pepper flakes next time and some more spices. I also covered the shells with mozzarella.

  • Goldberg Posted: 11/08/09
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    This recipe was great and froze well. We used jarred pasta sauce instead of making our own and it was very good. It's a great vegetarian meal.

  • lmraor Posted: 11/08/08
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    I LOVE this meal, it was simple and yummy, I would eat it everyday if I could. Freezes wonderfully too. I substituted store bought sauce (five-cheese sauce) and doubled the garlic. This will become a staple meal for our family.

  • mandajo Posted: 12/08/08
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    My family and I LOVE this recipe. I've also made it for friends and family. I only change a couple of things. I'm not a huge fan of Ricotta, so I use cottage cheese instead. You could use half ricotta and half cottage cheese and that would probably be super yummy. I also use fresh spinach when it's in season. I just buy a regular jar of marinara and use twice as much as the recipe calls for. It makes a great freezer meal too.

  • Katelaine Posted: 02/18/09
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    This definitely "has potential." I think my problem is I want it to taste like "real" stuffed shells, but I suppose a light version never will. I added extra of all the spices, and it still was basic. I also made the basic marinara; honestly, I think it would have been more flavorful with jarred sauce! This recipe would be much better with some mozzarella and extra Parmesan.

  • Katieusc Posted: 12/12/10
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    I used jarred sauce (roasted garlic) and went through the entire jar w/ 1/2 cup on the bottom of the pan and the rest poured on top. I didn't have any onion powder but I don't think it mattered, the recipe had good flavor - was not lacking for cheese and you could taste enough of the spinach to overpower the blandness of ricotta. I didn't feel these were "light" at all - maybe it was the sauce, or maybe it has to do w/ the brand of cheese? I always use Sorrento? I wouldn't serve this at a "special occasion" but I would serve it to guests. Added some salad and garlic bread.

  • hmarsh Posted: 01/25/09
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    Absolutely easier and yummy....If you don't want to make the basic sauce, it is great with jarred sauce. Makes great leftovers...or prepare ahead for a party so you don't spend all night in the kitchen. Have made about half a dozen times.

  • snoopka Posted: 09/02/09
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    Nothing special. Definitely needs something. Will not make again. CL has many other recipes that are much better!

  • LizzGates84 Posted: 03/08/10
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    These are awesome!! I make these at least once or twice a month. My husband and my daughter love them also. They freeze really well too.

  • al2nc25 Posted: 04/11/10
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    My husband and I really enjoyed this, but it definitely tasted like a lightened up version. It was good enough to satisfy a craving for the “real” kind and I will make it again, but I would not serve it to guests. The changes I made: I used jarred sauce which worked well and sprinkled just a little grated mozzarella cheese at the end and broiled for ~5 minutes.

  • Cocoems Posted: 04/28/11
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    Made this the other night for my fiancé and I, and it was delicious. Used store bought sauce & I only had 1.75 cups of Ricotta, so I used Lowfat Greek yogurt for the other .75 cup. Also I was missing onion powder, so I used a seasoning in its place that had onion powder in it. My husband-to-be loves cheese so we added extra mozzarella cheese to the top of his. While this was great the first night, it tastes even better the second day.

  • Seriously35 Posted: 06/25/11
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    This receipe was a huge hit - my picky eight yr old declared it "awesome!" I added extra parmesan and shredded mozzarella (part-skim) in the filling and sprinkled some garlic salt on top. After the 30 minutes of cooking, I took the cover off, added some more shredded mozarella on top and put it back in the over for five minutes. Fantastic!

  • JanineC Posted: 03/24/12
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    Big hit! Used onion powder like suggested in cheese, also microplaned a garlic clove for extra flavor. Added some turkey sausage and mushrooms to filling then used 44oz. jar of sauce. Sprinkle mozarella on top for last 5 minutes. Everyone liked, even my picky teenager that said she doesn't like ricotta (she called the leftovers)!

  • MegaFest Posted: 02/21/13
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    This is a great recipe. Anyone on weight watchers it is 8 points for 4 shells. I sauteed the minced garlic before putting it into the spinach/cheese mixture. The first time I made it I didn't like the raw garlic taste.

  • dunwoodycooks Posted: 01/07/14
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    This was okay. Maybe adding meat to the sauce would help?

  • lynnarnold Posted: 04/07/14
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    The whole family loved it! I used fresh baby spinach that I sliced in ribbons and added shredded mozzarella to the ricotta filling and on top before baking.

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