Spinach and cheese stuffed shells with two sauces _ back road journal

Spinach And Three Cheese Stuffed Shells are baked with two sauces, both a marinara as well as a light Alfredo sauce, until hot and bubbly. Lasagna with cottage cheese and spinach It’s the perfect dish to serve at a large gathering as the shells can to assembled ahead of time and baked right before serving. Lasagna with cottage cheese and spaghetti sauce However, the stuffed pasta shells are so tasty that you might not want to wait for a party and instead, serve them to your family over the weekend.


What makes this stuffed pasta recipe so good? Fresh baby spinach sauteed in olive oil and garlic gives a real flavor boost to the creamy three cheese filling. Best lasagna with cottage cheese It is then baked with both a homemade marinara sauce as well as a light Alfredo sauce, then garnished with diced fresh tomatoes and fresh basil just before going to the table.

Serves 4, allowing 3 shells per person so adjust the recipe accordingly.

Heat oil in a saute pan and cook the garlic until it becomes fragrant and just starts to turn golden. Easy lasagna with cottage cheese recipe Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Lasagna with spinach and cottage cheese Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes. Beef lasagna with cottage cheese Keep warm.

• 4 Tbsp. Lasagna with spaghetti sauce and cottage cheese Wondra flour (quick dissolving finely milled flour) or all-purpose flour

Melt the butter in a saucepan then whisk in the flour, stirring constantly for about two minutes. How to make lasagna with cottage cheese Slowly add the warmed milk and continue to stir until the sauce is thickened and smooth. Lasagna layers with cottage cheese Add the cheese, salt and pepper and cook for about three minutes more. Lasagna with ricotta cheese and cottage cheese If sauce is too thick, thin with a little extra milk. Vegetarian lasagna with cottage cheese Keep warm, with a piece of plastic wrap over the sauce so a skin doesn’t form.

• Jumbo pasta shells (allow about 3 per person plus a couple extra for breakage)

• 1 bag (10 – 16 oz.) fresh baby spinach, chopped OR 1 c. Lasagna with cottage and ricotta cheese frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and with all the moisture squeezed out

• 2 plum tomatoes, skinned, seeded and cut into dice (optional)

• fresh basil leaves, torn and a couple of whole leaves for presentation (optional)

Cook the shells according to package directions, drain and toss with a drizzle of olive oil to keep from sticking. No bake lasagna with cottage cheese Saute the garlic until soft then add the spinach and cook until wilted. Easy spinach lasagna with cottage cheese Let cool, then place in a bowl and mix in the three cheeses, nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Layering lasagna with cottage cheese Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary then add the beaten egg and mix well. Lasagna with cottage cheese and cream cheese Pour about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup (depending on size of dish) of marinara sauce into the bottom of a 8 x 8 or 9 x 13 glass baking dish. Lasagna with cottage cheese and ricotta cheese Stuff each shell carefully with a heaping tablespoon or so of the cheese mixture (try not to overfill the shells as the pasta might tear) then line up in the baking dish. Easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Pour over half of the Alfredo sauce, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Spaghetti lasagna with cottage cheese Carefully remove foil and bake for about 10 minutes more until bubbly and just starting to brown. Lasagna with spinach and cottage cheese recipe Remove from the oven and let rest for five minutes before serving.

Serve this meal family style right out of the baking dish or plate it as I did with a little extra tomato sauce on the bottom of each plate, top with the shells, add an extra spoon of the Alfredo sauce and then garnish with chopped tomatoes and fresh basil. Lasagna with cream cheese and cottage cheese Serve any remaining sauces at the table.

*Can be prepared in stages ahead of time and then baked right before serving. Meat lasagna with spinach and cottage cheese Prepare up to the point of it going into the oven then top with parchment paper and wrap in foil and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to put it into the oven, just add a little extra cooking time. Healthy lasagna with cottage cheese The shells can also be stuffed, placed loosely on a baking sheet and placed in the freezer until frozen. Egg noodle lasagna with cottage cheese Then pack the frozen shells into freezer bags and freeze until you are ready to prepare a meal. Lasagna filling with ricotta and cottage cheese If you are only making this for a few people, you can use individual gratin dishes for a pretty presentation. Lasagna filling with cottage cheese *Note: If you are freezing this dish, do not freeze the assembled recipe in aluminum foil containers as the acid in the tomatoes will react with the aluminum and can eat holes in the foil.

Whether making the spinach and ricotta stuffed shells for just two or a large gathering of friends, I believe you will all agree that the two sauces and the topping of fresh tomatoes and basil make this one of the best stuffed pasta recipes you’ve eaten…at least I hope so. Lasagna with cottage cheese spinach and beef All that is needed to complete the meal is a crisp green salad, crusty bread and your favorite bottle of wine and you will have a happy group of people at your dinner table. One pot lasagna with cottage cheese Buon Appetito!

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Hi Cynthia, Yes these stuffed shells are very yummy. Lasagna with cottage cheese recipe easy You will be pleasantly surprised that these shells don’t have lots of calories. Ingredients for lasagna with cottage cheese The light Alfredo sauce is made with milk and 1% will work just fine, I always use 2% myself. How to make lasagna with cottage cheese and meat The mozzarella and ricotta used can be part skim. Homemade lasagna with cottage cheese I hope you will give them a try, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

I’m happy you like the filling for the shells Angie, thank you. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta While this is a meal with carbs you would be pleasantly surprised that there are just a little over 350 calories for three shells. Prego lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Not bad for a delicious pasta dish.

Hi Deb, I wanted to try and make a version of stuffed shells that would be a little more special than my usual family style meal. No boil lasagna with cottage cheese I’m glad you like them and appreciate you nice compliment. Classic lasagna recipe with cottage cheese When entertaining, I do like to prepare as much ahead of time as possible and these were perfect.

Thank you for your lovely compliment Judi. Basic lasagna recipe with cottage cheese I bet your crepe style manicotti are delicious, I’ve only had them prepared that way once. Best lasagna recipe with cottage cheese I believe you would like the addition of fresh spinach and the Alfredo sauce for a change. Lasagna recipe with ricotta and cottage cheese ??

I think one of the reasons stuffed shells are so good for entertaining is that they look appealing and indicate a step or two of effort beyond other pasta dishes. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ground beef But I also agree with you that they shouldn’t be reserved for company alone! Thanks for the tips on freezing. How to make lasagna with cottage cheese and ground beef Sometimes that really is the answer to a busy schedule!

Hi Debra, Yes…too many times we relegate meals for entertaining but the shells are great because you can freeze them after stuffed in individual portions or in large bags so that you can take out as many as you need, perfect for a family meal. Beef lasagna recipe with cottage cheese I’m glad you liked the post, thank you.

I wish I had this recipe 20 years ago, you see, I had purchased a beautiful Italian ceramic jar from Nordstrom’s NY with large pasta shells in it, I really just wanted the jar! But I had no idea what to do with the shells so they went unused until they were too old. Good lasagna recipe with cottage cheese This would have been perfect!

Hi Gallivanta, I’m glad you like the recipe, thank you. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and meat If you can’t find the jumbo shells at your local market or Italian grocer you could perhaps use dried cannelloni tubes and just serve two per person.

Well I just drooled and it’s only 5:30am! My daughter who is away at college will absolutely love this! Pinning and sharing. How do you make lasagna with cottage cheese I will definitely surprise her when she comes home in 2 weeks. Meat lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Thank you Karen! ¦

Wait. Lasagna made with cottage cheese instead of ricotta 2 sauces? You just broke the rules, Karen…and in the best way ever! These stuffed shells are just screaming my name. How to layer lasagna with cottage cheese They look amazing, and Italian food is always the best comfort food. Lasagna with no boil noodles and cottage cheese I’m thinking these shells will be making an appearance in my kitchen soon…they just sound too good! ??

I used to make stuffed shells all the time when my children were young – thank you for the reminder! I never tried using fresh spinach and always did the frozen box thing. Kraft lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Fresh is always best. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach This is a wonderful treat – and two sauces – wow! Have a terrific weekend Karen!

Hi Tricia, I glad that this post reminded you about how good stuffed shells are. Easy lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese no cottage cheese I hope you will give my version made with fresh spinach and the two sauces a try. Lasagna with cottage cheese and sour cream Thank you for your lovely compliment and wish.

Thank you Larry, I’m glad you can relate to the flavors of this dish with the two sauces. Easy homemade lasagna with cottage cheese I appreciate your compliment about my presentation…it is a little more special than just serving them family style in a casserole. Quick lasagna recipe with cottage cheese ??

Hi Karen, what a beautiful dish. Turkey lasagna with cottage cheese I love using spinach in all kids of recipes, a great nutrition boost. Zucchini lasagna with cottage cheese My kids will eat it raw, but only when doused with great quantities of Ranch dressing. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach and meat Ew. Lasagna with cottage cheese instead of ricotta I prefer better ways of incorporating spinach into our diet. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach and ground beef I love these stuffed shells and we will def. Low fat lasagna recipe with cottage cheese be trying your recipe soon. Quick and easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese The wind is howling around the house right now and a hot, delicious dinner like this would be welcome. Lasagna recipes with cottage cheese and spaghetti sauce XO

Thank you for your nice compliment Allie. Easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta I’m glad you like my addition of spinach in with the cheese, it does make for a lighter and healthier version of stuffed shells. Lasagna with ricotta and cottage cheese recipes I hope your family will enjoy them as much as we did. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and no boil noodles Stay warm, I see you have rain and snow during the week ahead…winter is one thing I don’t miss about living in New Hampshire.

Hi Anna and Liz, You are right…the stuffed shells would make a nice meal to serve at Easter. Easy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and spinach You could serve a couple as a first course or a larger portion for the main course. No boil lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Thank you for your lovely compliment and I hope you will enjoy them. Lasagna with cottage cheese vs ricotta ??

Hi Marlene, Whenever we have dinner guests, I like serving something that I can do most of the prep work ahead of time. Lasagna recipe with ricotta cheese and cottage cheese The stuffed shells really are perfect, they make for easy entertaining. Lasagna recipe easy with cottage cheese I’m glad you like them, thank you.

Dear Karen, I love, love these klinds of dinners/lunches – full of flavor, healthy, delicious, family-friendly, pretty, plus they can be prepared ahead of time. Great lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Just perfect. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and sausage Your recipe sounds wonderful – we always enjoy the flavor combination of spinach, ricotta, tomatoes and pasta!

Hi Tandy, Romano cheese is a pure sheep’s milk which is aged over 9 months at a minimum and Locatelli is probably the most famous brand here in the US. Easy lasagna recipe with ricotta and cottage cheese We like it better than parmesan for a lot of dishes. How to make homemade lasagna with cottage cheese The stuffed shells are a great weekend dish, I’m glad you like the recipe.

Thank you Amy for your lovely compliment. Oven ready lasagna recipe with cottage cheese The shells are great tasting and presenting them with the two different sauces topped with fresh tomatoes does make for a nice presentation. Lasagna recipe with cottage cheese and ricotta cheese The best thing is that it is an easy recipe as it can all be made in advance.

Hi Adina, I have to agree with you about the shells being easier to fill than cannelloni although those shells can certainly be substituted in this recipe. Lasagna recipe with spinach and cottage cheese I hope you get a chance to give them a try…thank you.

Just great Karen! love recipes you can make ahead for a crowd– the marinara sauce sounds perfect–great ingredients. Spinach and meat lasagna recipe with cottage cheese This really looks delish and great for when the family all can be here for the weekend. Healthy lasagna recipe with cottage cheese thanks thanks!

Hi Jas, I’m glad you like the looks of the stuffed shells…my husband and I thought they were delicious. How to make lasagna with cottage cheese and spinach Do try making them again, they are great to serve when entertaining friends. Lasagna recipe with cream cheese and cottage cheese Thank you for your nice compliment.

So good to hear from you Wendy, you have been missed. How to layer a lasagna with cottage cheese I had planned on growing tomatoes here in Florida but the landscapers discouraged me…too hot and wet in the summer. Lasagna with sour cream and cottage cheese Thank goodness we have two farmer’s markets where I can buy heirloom tomatoes. Lasagna with zucchini and cottage cheese Yea!!! Stuffing the shells with you homemade goat cheese sounds like a great idea. Lasagna with ricotta or cottage cheese ??

I haven’t had stuffed shells in ages and these look absolutely fabulous! Fun to have a couple of sauce varieties and I bet these are as delicious as room temperature as they are straight out of the oven!

Hi Maria, If you like stuffed shells, I think you would really enjoy this version. Homemade lasagna recipe with cottage cheese Thank you for your compliment about adding the fresh diced tomatoes…I think it does make for a nice presentation and adds a little extra taste punch. Lasagna made with cottage cheese recipe ??

I recently used stuffed shells for a recipe and was so in love with how pretty they looked! Love that it came with two types of sauces – my husband is not a fan of just tomato-based pasta but I’m sure he will like this!

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