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Five-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe

Five-Cheese Jumbo Shells Recipe

Using five cheeses in one dish doesn't usually translate to a dish that's considered light, but this meatless meal is proof that it can be done with great success (and flavor!) The shells freeze beautifully so leftovers are a cinch to save for another quick dinner option when you're in a pinch for time. —Lisa Rensshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 24 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 pound baby portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook shells according to package directions for al dente; drain and rinse in cold water.
  • 2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add vegetables; cook and stir until tender. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine ricotta, mozzarella, provolone and Romano cheeses; stir in egg, seasonings and vegetables.
  • 3. Spread 1 cup sauce into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Fill pasta shells with cheese mixture; place in baking dish. Top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  • 4. Bake, covered, 40 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells equals 298 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 642 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 18 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1/2 fat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.