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Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 35 min.

Makes

6 servings

I thought up this recipe while I was driving home from work. The local paper started a new reader recipe feature, so I sent this in, and I was published! Warm up some bread, pour the chardonnay and enjoy. —Tami Voltz, Rudolph, OH
Alfredo-Pancetta Stuffed Shells Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 12 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 4 ounces pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) roasted garlic Alfredo sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pancetta in oil in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels, reserving drippings. Saute the spinach, garlic and pepper flakes in drippings until spinach is wilted.
  3. Transfer spinach mixture to a small bowl. Add ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg yolk and pepper; mix well.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Spoon ricotta mixture into pasta shells; place in baking dish. Pour remaining sauce over shells.
  5. Cover and bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes longer. Top with pancetta.

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