Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stuffed Shells

This is a family favorite dish. I make it very often. The best thing about this pasta is that it is not drenched in sauce. You can actually taste the butter-cream sauce, filling and al-dante pasta. This is one of our favorite food network star Giada's recipe. The only change I made is to omit pancetta. Didn't feel like having any meat in this dish. It is a bit of work but the end is so good when you bite into that cheese-spinach filled fragrant shell. Just the mention of this dish is making me drool! Looks like I will be making it again very soon. Try this one and you may have found a new favorite for your family.

Stuffed Shells

• 1 (12-ounce) package jumbo shells pasta
• 2 pounds frozen spinach, thawed and drained
• 1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta
• 1 cup grated asiago cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

• Sauce:

• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1 cup cream
• 2 cups grated asiago cheese, plus 1/4 cup
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

For the shells:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.

Mix the spinach, ricotta cheese, asiago cheese, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Stuff the shells with about 2 tablespoons of the spinach mixture each and place the stuffed shells in a large, buttered baking dish.

For the sauce:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the cream and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat to very low and add the 2 cups asiago cheese, parsley, and pepper. Stir until the cheese is dissolved. Pour the sauce over the shells. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup asiago cheese. Bake until golden on top, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.


  1. wonderful idea and looks totally yum :)

  2. Omg, makes me drool, feel like having those yummy stuffed shells..

  3. Simply mouthwatering shells.Delicious preparation.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. Very new to me. kids would love this.

  5. First time here,stuffed shells sounds yumm..glad to follow u :)

  6. Stuffed shells looks so soft and delicious dear. Yummy!