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Decadent Spinach-Stuffed Shells

I created this comforting stuffed shells dish to serve on Christmas Eve, but it’s so good we enjoy it all year long. It can easily be assembled and frozen to bake at a later date. If you have any leftover cheese mixture, it can be served as a dip either cold or spooned into ramekins and baked until brown. If you don’t like roasted red peppers, feel free to substitute chopped sun-dried tomatoes in the filling and any other pasta sauce. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, CO
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) roasted red pepper and garlic pasta sauce, divided
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup roasted garlic Alfredo sauce
  • Dash salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped water-packed artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped roasted sweet red pepper
  • Additional Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta shells according to package directions for al dente. Drain.
  • Spread 1 cup sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, Alfredo sauce and seasonings until blended. Stir in cheeses and vegetables. Spoon into shells. Arrange in prepared baking dish.
  • Pour remaining sauce over top. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
3 stuffed pasta shells: 389 calories, 22g fat (13g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • Christina
    Apr 6, 2020

    I enjoy cooking because I enjoy eating. I'm a meat eater so I figured these would be good, but might need some meat - These were AMAZING and meat wasn't necessary to make them super yummy. Very creamy so "comfort food" worthy. These did take me longer to prepare, but were worth it!!!