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Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells [Recipe]

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Welcome to a cozy corner of culinary delight with our Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells recipe. If you’re anything like me and adore the heavenly combo of spinach and ricotta, you’re in for a real treat! This dish wraps these favorites in tender pasta shells, smothered in a savory tomato sauce. It’s a simple yet sophisticated meal that promises comfort in every bite. Don’t have ricotta on hand? Feel free to swap it out for cream cheese for a twist on the traditional texture.

Why Will You Love this Recipe?

  • Italian Flavors at Home: Experience the rich and robust essence of Italy right from your kitchen, thanks to the classic pairing of tomato, garlic, and herbs.
  • Comfort Food Favorite: There’s something incredibly comforting about a dish baked with love, filled with creamy cheese and spinach, perfect for any day of the week.
  • Easy to Make, Delight to Serve: This recipe is straightforward but makes you look like a seasoned chef when you lay this beautiful dish on the table for family or guests.
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Recipe Variations

  • Bacon Boost: For an extra pop of flavor, sprinkle crispy bacon bits on top before baking; it adds a delightful crunch and smoky taste.
  • Veggie-Packed Sauce: Amp up the health factor by tossing more vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, or zucchini into the red sauce.
  • Cheese Swap: Experiment with different cheeses; try mozzarella for meltiness or a sprinkle of parmesan for a sharper taste.
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Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells [Recipe]

Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells Recipe

Author: Laura Bais
Discover the delightful flavors of our Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells, a perfect blend of creamy ricotta, fresh spinach, and rich tomato sauce, all nestled in tender pasta shells. Join us in savoring this heartwarming dish that promises a taste of Italian comfort with every bite!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 serving
Calories 422.2 kcal



  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 28 oz chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of pepper


  • 7 oz fresh spinach
  • 8.8 oz ricotta cheese or other fresh cheese
  • 1.4 oz grated hard cheese
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of nutmeg


  • 4.4 oz mozzarella
  • 23 pasta shells (conchiglioni)


  • Sauté onion with garlic and oregano. Season lightly with salt.
  • Add remaining ingredients and cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat.
  • Cook spinach, drain well, and chop finely. Mix with the remaining ingredients for the filling.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Meanwhile, almost cook the pasta shells in salted water. Drain them 2-3 minutes before they are done cooking and let them cool slightly.
  • Spread the tomato sauce on the bottom of a baking dish.
  • Fill each shell with about 2 teaspoons of filling. Arrange and press slightly into the sauce.
  • Sprinkle with grated mozzarella and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 422.2kcalCarbohydrates: 21.8gProtein: 21.8gFat: 28.8gSaturated Fat: 12.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.9gMonounsaturated Fat: 12.8gCholesterol: 63.2mgSodium: 1.605mgPotassium: 829.1mgFiber: 4.3gSugar: 7.5gVitamin A: 5.468IUVitamin C: 35.2mgCalcium: 544.7mgIron: 4.4mg
Keyword conchiglioni, stuffed shells

Before diving into the nutritional details, please review our Nutritional Disclaimer page for important context and clarifications.

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