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Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells Spinach and Ricotta Cheese

Delicious easy recipe, vegetarian stuffed shells with spinach and creamy ricotta cheese. The best stuffed shells you can make at home are a mouthwatering family favorite to add to your weeknight meal list.  Simple ingredients made with jumbo shells, pasta sauce a comfort food the whole family will love.  

This easy recipe is a delicious meal for the entire family and can be served even for a friend’s dinner party. If you have friends with whom you make vegetarian meals when hosting you can serve with a homemade marinara sauce.

You can make this recipe ahead and freeze it as it even tastes better the next day. Your whole family will be asking you to make this recipe every week.

Because of the ricotta filling cheese in a jumbo pasta shell with tomato sauce even your picky eaters will love this dish.  The spinach is mixed in with the cheese so the kids will not even notice any strong spinach flavor so you have a hidden veggie meal.

Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells Spinach and Ricotta Cheese 3 in a a square white baking pan with a serving spoon and cheese melting on top.

What to Serve with Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells Spinach and Ricotta Cheese

  • Top with Parmesan Cheese
  • Top with Fresh parsley
  • Garlic Bread
  • Simple Green Salad
  • An extra cup of Marinara Sauce
Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells Spinach and Ricotta Cheese 3 in a white square baking dish on a marble counter with a serving of three shells in the background and a white bowl with yellow and green flower and trim.

Ingredients Needed for Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells

  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cups egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 garlic chopped
  • 1 (10 oz ) frozen spinach, thawed & the excess water squeezed out so it is very dry
  • 1 (15 oz) container of creamy ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 jars of prepared spaghetti sauce (26 oz.)

How To Make Vegetarian Jumbo Pasta Shells

  1. You can make your own homemade spaghetti sauce but there is no need for grocery store sauce to make dinner quick and easy.  Even if you are a small family the spinach ricotta filled shell pasta is a great leftover as they reheat so easily in the microwave or reheat back in the oven.
  2. Prepare the jumbo pasta shells first. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add a small amount of olive oil so the shells do not stick. Cook according to the package to al dente, a little less cooked than done. Drain the shells and let them cool slightly.
  3. To prepare your large casserole baking pan, spray with cooking spray so the cooked shells do not stick. 
  4. Next, make the Ricotta and spinach mixture. Mix the together the shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 eggs, chopped parsley, basil, oregano, chopped garlic, creamy ricotta cheese, and the parmesan cheese.  and the spinach. (remember that the frozen spinach must be thawed, and the excess water squeezed out so it is very dry.  
  5. layer a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of your baking pan. 
  6. When the pasta shells are cool enough to handle, fill each pasta shell with the ricotta mixture. Fill the cooked shells but do not overfill. Place in your prepared pan with the bottom layer of sauce. 
  7. Cover the stuffed jumbo pasta shells with the remaining pasta sauce. 
  8. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake at a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. 
  9. After 30 minutes remove and serve. 
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Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells Spinach and Ricotta Cheese 3 in a yellow and green flowered rim bowl on a marble counter.

Easy Vegetarian Stuffed Shells

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Delicious easy recipe, vegetarian stuffed shells with spinach and creamy ricotta cheese. The best stuffed shells you can make at home are a mouthwatering family favorite to add to your weeknight meal list.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs or 1/2 cups egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 garlic chopped
  • 1 (10 oz ) frozen spinach, thawed & the excess water squeezed out so it is very dry
  • 1 (15 oz) container of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 jars of prepared spaghetti sauce (26 oz.)

Instructions

  1. You can make your own homemade spaghetti sauce but there is no need for grocery store sauce to make dinner quick and easy.  Even if you are a small family the spinach ricotta filled shell pasta is a great leftover as they reheat so easily in the microwave or reheat back in the oven.
  2. Prepare the jumbo pasta shells first. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add a small amount of olive oil so the shells do not stick. Cook according to the package to al dente, a little less cooked than done. Drain the shells and let them cool slightly.
  3. To prepare your large casserole baking pan, spray with cooking spray so the cooked shells do not stick. 
  4. Next, make the Ricotta and spinach mixture. Mix the together the shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 eggs, chopped parsley, basil, oregano, chopped garlic, creamy ricotta cheese, and the parmesan cheese.  and the spinach. (remember that the frozen spinach must be thawed, and the excess water squeezed out so it is very dry.  
  5. layer a thin layer of pasta sauce on the bottom of your baking pan. 
  6. When the pasta shells are cool enough to handle, fill each pasta shell with the ricotta mixture. Fill the cooked shells but do not overfill. Place in your prepared pan with the bottom layer of sauce. 
  7. Cover the stuffed jumbo pasta shells with the remaining pasta sauce. 
  8. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil and bake at a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. 
  9. After 30 minutes remove and serve. 

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6 Comments

  1. I just bought a pack of shells but wasn’t sure how to cook this kind of pasta. Your recipe looks really good, I love such comforting dishes. And the photos are a real work of art! Thanks for sharing this with us, Susan!






  2. This looks so delicious and hearty, simple yet exotic! I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find these jumbo shell pasta in Bangalore, India, where I live. I’d love to be able to try this out, though. :)

  3. I thought I could use a slice or two of lasagna, but I think I’d prefer this! They are cooler and I am sure they are so tasty! Ugh! I badly want one now! Thanks for sharing and brining this to the party! Happy Fiesta Friday!🎉

  4. That looks amazing!! I’m not sure I can get my boys to eat it but I am sure am going to try. Pinned.

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