Spinach Stuffed Shells with White Sauce Recipe
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Spinach Stuffed Shells with White Sauce Recipe

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Here’s a creamy and delicious, vegetarian main dish from Debbie Herbert in Seymour, Indiana. It’s easy to assemble and looks like you really fussed. Serve with a leafy salad, crusty garlic bread and thirst-quenching iced tea.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 15 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 envelope white sauce mix
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash pepper
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

3 stuffed shells: 302 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 646mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare white sauce according to package directions; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, egg white, basil, garlic powder, pepper and half of the spinach (save remaining spinach for another use). Pour half of the white sauce into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
  3. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; stuff each shell with 2 tablespoons spinach mixture. Arrange over sauce. Top with remaining white sauce.
  4. Cover and bake 25 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Spinach-Stuffed Shells in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p15

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Wieners User ID: 1845812 258887
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2016

"We liked this. I also use jarred alfredo sauce."

Kimmie9376 User ID: 836269 79906
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"I thought this was delicious! Served them with a side of warmed marinara sauce for dipping, if one so desired."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 156954
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"I did not care for this at all. I found the filling to be way too bland."

amb_ks User ID: 4253706 72515
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"I added chicken to them and used jar alfredo sauce. Very good."

nywvblue User ID: 3020294 79905
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"My only struggle was in finding the jumbo shells! (The THIRD grocery store had them, good thing.) I also substituted the white sauce with tomato sauce and it came out great. My 9 x 13 pan led to these further adjustments: cook 25 shells...29 oz tomato sauce was perfect amount...use entire pkg of spinach...3/4 cup of mozzarella...mix in grated parmesan cheese to increase filling bulk"

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