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Spinach-and-Ricotta-Stuffed Shells

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Makes: 4 servings Prep 10 mins Cook 45 mins View Nutrition Facts


  • 18 jumbo pasta shells (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  olive oil
  • 1/4 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 ounces  fresh chorizo, crumbled
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt plus additional for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper plus additional for seasoning
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 cups  (about 2 ounces) baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 cup  low-fat ricotta
  • 1/2 cup  shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten


1. Cook shells according to package directions; rinse under cold water, drain and pat dry.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain all but 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings and return pan to stove. Add tomatoes and sugar and season with salt and pepper to taste; simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and coat a 9-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

4. Combine spinach, cheeses, egg white and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Spoon half the tomato sauce into prepared dish. Stuff each shell with 1 heaping tablespoon filling and arrange stuffed shells in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce over shells and cover with aluminum foil. Bake until pasta is cooked through and sauce begins to bubble, about 30 minutes. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

Spinach-and-Ricotta-Stuffed Shells
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8/20/2014 12:10:58 PM Report Abuse
be.mcmullen wrote:

I'd say this isn't even that low-cal although it looks delicious. I'd switch out the chorizo with seasoned turkey burger.

12/12/2012 11:43:46 AM Report Abuse
hattiehathat wrote:

I agree about the sauce.... your suggested addition was perfect! thanks!!

12/5/2012 09:13:58 PM Report Abuse
rosalasan wrote:

this looks really high in fat but good haha

9/20/2012 06:03:06 PM Report Abuse
Skellyjessica wrote:

I made this without the chorizo (we're trying to eat as little meat as possible) and I have to say it was pretty good! There wasn't enough sauce however, so next time I make it I'm going to add tomato sauce (maybe 15 oz) to the end of step two! I definitely recommend this, it was really easy to cook and I felt like a professional when I was done!

3/29/2012 05:16:23 PM Report Abuse

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