Tuesday, February 19, 2013

finally. baked shells

I had been craving baked shells for so long.  But the last two times I went to the store they were out! How is target always out of jumbo shells? Do they not know the pain they are causing me? Well I finally got my act together and went to three other stores before finding some jumbo shells.  Finally people. Four stores later.  

But then it was time to cook. 
The recipe:
16 jumbo pasta shells
1/2 bag of frozen spinach
1 can of artichoke hearts, chopped
A pile of sun-dried tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon each salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder
1 cup ricotta
1 cup shredded mozzarela
1/4 cup grated parmesan 
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon chopped basil
1 1/2 cups marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 375
Bring water to boil, cook shells, drain, and toss with oil

In a pan, sauté the spinach with oil, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and seasoning.
In a bowl, combine the spinach mixture with the ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan, egg, and basil.

Spread some sauce in the bottom of a baking dish

Fill the shells with the mixture and place in the dish.  Top with a sprinkling of parmesan and mozzarella.

Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, and then uncovered for 10 minutes.


Everything I had been dreaming about.  So good.