My love for Italian food is ridiculously crazy. If I don’t make it once a week, then you know something is wrong with me. I have made everything from Manicotti to Baked Ziti, Ravioli, Tortellini, Lasagna, Italian Meatballs, and everything in between. Did I already say that I LOVE pasta? Oh okay, I think you get it.
If you follow me on Instagram and check out my insta stories you will see that I make pizza a lot. I make it so much that I can do it in my sleep. So based on that you might think that pizza is my favorite Italian meal. NOPE! You would be wrong.
Hands-down one of my favorite meals to try are stuffed jumbo shells. I have had them stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach, lobster, shrimp, ground beef, and Italian sausage. There is an endless number of options! But let me tell you two secrets to having a fantastic shell.
Step one….. do not overcook the shell that is the absolute worst thing you can do. Overcooking your shell’s will cause them to become limp and making it impossible for your ingredients to stay inside.
Step two…..stuff the heavens out of your shells. No one wants a half stuffed shell at least not me!!!
- One box of Jumbo Shells
- 6 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups cottage cheese
- Two teaspoons Black pepper
- Teaspoon Salt
- 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese
- Parmesan cheese
Boil your pasta shells for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.
In a heated pan add olive oil and sauté your spinach.
Any large bowl mix cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, black pepper, salt, and spinach.
Begin to stuff shells 🐚, place them in your pan and drizzle with olive oil.
Cover and Bake on 375° for 20 minutes
Uncover and broil for two minutes.
Please refer to my previous post on amping up bottled pasta sauce or making homemade sauce.
To complete your meal add either my crusted Parmesan salmon Or fettuccine, thin pasta noodles or baked chicken.
I always add a large Caesar salad with this meal. Just adds that bit of a crunch that you need.
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