Okay now for the real purpose of this blog! Tonight I made these yummy stuffed shells, with a recipe taken from my favorite mag, Real Simple! The last time I made any sort of stuffed shells I was taught by someone who didn't believe in measurements and just threw in ingredients. Needless to say I didn't retain any of that so when I found this recipe I was excited! It was so pretty & delish! Enjoy! ♥
Spinach and Ricotta-Stuffed Shells
20 jumbo pasta shells (about half a 12-ounce box)
1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce
2 15-ounce containers ricotta
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)
1/2 tsp. of kosher salt**
1/4 tsp. of black pepper
1/2 cup grated mozzarella (4 ounces)
1. Set an oven rack to the highest position and heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and run under cold water until cool.
2. Spread the marinara sauce in the bottom of a large broilerproof baking dish.
3. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Spoon the mixture into the shells and place them on top of the sauce. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and bake until the shells are heated through, 10 to 12 minutes.
4. Increase heat to broil. Broil the shells until the cheese begins to brown, 2 to 5 minutes. Serve with the salad, if desired.
**CHANGE UP: I like my shells extra cheesy so I added 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and reduced the salt to 1/4 tsp because of both cheeses, probably didn't even need the salt**
Obviously not my photo but I'm telling you it looks just like that!!