Food Fashion and Flow: Italian Stuffed Pasta Shells   

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Italian Stuffed Pasta Shells



This is one of those recipes that is delicious, nutritious and full of flavor. Cheese, Marinara Sauce, More cheese, Spinach, more cheese. Get the point? LOL

My son who is very picky and is at that age where he hates most green vegetables, loves these spinach and ground turkey stuffed shells.  I love to serve this with garlic bread, or a crusty baguette and a crisp garden salad. You can even freeze this and reheat later and it is absolutely as delicious as the day you made it. What I love about this dish is that you can modify and make it as healthy or as indulgent as you want. You can simply use low fat or skim cheese or make your stuffing completely vegetarian.  This recipe will take a little time to prepare, but is well worth it. When you put this on the table those ummms and aahhhs will let you know that your time in the kitchen was well spent:-)

Spinach and cheese up close and personal. Do you see all of that deliciousness?

Ricotta cheese swimming in mozzarella, backstroking with some ground turkey, dog paddling into some garlic, butterfly stroking in some Romano  and catching a wave of fresh marinara sauce.  Don't cha wanna dive into this?

Look at that...
Aw come on...stop stallin. Don't make me eat this by myself. Why don't you make some too? Then we can get on the phone and call our friends and say..."Guess what I'm having for dinner?" Don't you want some? Hey, why don't we skype them and then wave the fork in the air with the spinach and cheese dripping off of it:-) That would really be wrong wouldn't it? LOL

Ok, lets get this party started!

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (32 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces grated Parmesan cheese or Romano, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons  garlic salt
  •  2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce

Salt and pepper to taste for seasoning meat mixture


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta shell  and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Place ground turkey in a skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste and cook until evenly brown.  Add onion and cook until translucent. Drain ground turkey and Crumble
  4. In a large bowl, Mix Ground Turkey mix eggs, ricotta, half the mozzarella, half the Parmesan, parsley, and seasonings until well combined. Stuff cooked shells with ricotta mixture and spread a layer of spaghetti sauce  in a 9x13 pan and then  place the stuffed shells on top
  5. Pour remaining sauce over the shells and sprinkle generously with the remaining cheese
  6. Bake in preheated oven 40  to 50 minutes, until edges are bubbly and shells are slightly set.

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39 comments:

Christina Marie said...

This looks great! I love making stuffed shells.

xo,
Christina

Miss Dre said...

This looks so yummy, LV! With such great pictures! My mouth was watering through the whole post.

I have to write this recipe down ASAP!

Castle Fashion said...

I looove stuffed shells :X I wish I had a kitchen! College sucks. Lol.


Yasmeen
Castle Fashion

Marcia B. said...

oh wow, quit teasing us LOL yumm

Emmy said...

Just looking at these pics made me hungry:P Sounds like a great recipe.

Haley Rogers said...

um yes please! These look amazing I will defiantly be trying this recipe!
thanks for the comment! love the blog
xoxo haley

Girlie Blogger said...

At some point in time, I will actually attempt this. We love Italian food in this house. Yours look especially tempting.

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Hope Adela Pasztor said...

Yum! I love Italian food! =)

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CMA said...

thanks so much for your sweet comment!

Fash Boulevard said...

pasta shells are an all time favorite of mine and these look divine. thanks for sharing, love. If you get a second I'd love to hear what you think of my latest outfit. I shot it in front of Dee's house from Clueless. I'm sorta obsessed. lol. xo

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♥AdamAlexMommy.com♥ said...

what a fantastic recipe! souns healthy, too. i come to you for great recipes! y ou're a dream! :)

Morgan said...

Oh my gosh, this looks and sounds so good. I love Italian food so this is right up my alley. =)

yummychunklet said...

Yum! Always wanted to make these. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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alicia said...

these look so good!

Jayme and Mendi said...

This looks awesome! I'm printing this out right now!! And it's almost 11 am and I'm now ready for lunch!!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

Sara Soda said...

Yum! I am always looking for ways to squeeze extra vegetables into dinner, my husband refuses to eat all the salad I put on his plate. Love this idea!

Tina said...

How delicious this looks! You really hooked me with those close ups. Pasta dishes are hard to resist and this one does look like a winner-yum!

yiqin; said...

LOOKS YUMMY <3

Allison Young said...

ah! looks delicious!!

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Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow, these look so good!

Bonnie said...

Now I need me some pasta ... I loveeeeee me some Italian food.

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Lizzy said...

My picky daughter loves spinach stuffed shells, too...in fact, it's the only time she eats any veggies! Your photos have me craving this dish :)

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Elle Sees said...

i'll be over in 5!

signature mix said...

Your recipes always look so mouth watering! such a tasty way to sneak in some greens.

M.E said...

I was about to take a bit of my computer screen when i saw this!!!!! looks soooooo good!!


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Jacqueline Ashley said...

Looks delicious!

xx

Pola Katelu said...

look so yummy :9

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Jay said...

omg...absolutely mouthwatery..;P
Tasty Appetite

Jasmyne Tea said...

I made something similar once, but topped it with bechamel sauce. Yours looks great!

rellimarie said...

holy cats! that looks amazing! i'm officially hungry now. :) (and thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!)

A Heel in Mint said...

Looks yummy. My son hates veggies too. :)

xx
Heel in Mint

Inez said...

Looks delicious.

Our Delightful Home said...

Yummy! I love stuffed shells.

~Mrs. Delightful
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Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Absolutely DELICIOUS!!! You always have the best recipes ever.

<3 Marina
Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

Amy said...

OMG!!This is killing me!!I am a pasta lover of any kind,now this is in my 'to do' list..Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta<a

Sincerely Mally said...

One of my fav recipes!!! I make it often!! Yummmm! I just fell in love with your blog :)

Shasie said...

YUM!
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