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Spinach-Stuffed Shells Recipe

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This tastes like a spinach and cheese quiche in a pasta shell. Grated carrot ads color to this creamy casserole.—Del Mason, Martensville, Saskatchewan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 36 jumbo pasta shells, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Remove from the heat. Stir in the spinach, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, carrot and seasonings; mix well. Stuff into pasta shells. Arrange in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and salt; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Pour over shells; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer or until browned. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Round out rich servings of Spinach-Stuffed Shells with a light, refreshing dessert. Put fresh sliced strawberries in small bowls; top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with toasted almonds and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Originally published as Spinach-Stuffed Shells in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p234

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Very filling and a great way to stretch 1 pound of ground beef for those of us who are trying to cut back on meat."

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