:: Spinach and Riccotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

March 23, 2009 at 7:00 am 9 comments

This one goes down really well when entertaining! It’s an easy one to make ahead of time and stick in the fridge until you are ready to cook it.

Spinach and Riccotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

This is a delicious pasta dish, which is packed with fresh ingredients. It is a little bit tricky but the tastes are great and well worth the effort!

Serves 3-4 portions.
1 tablespoon of olive oil.
3 cloves of garlic chopped finely.
A good glug of red wine.
2 cans of chopped tomatoes.
A handful of fresh herbs chopped coarsely (Oregano, Parsley, Basil)
250g of large pasta shells.
250g of Ricotta cheese.
250g of steamed spinach.
A generous pinch of sea salt and ground black pepper.

Fry the garlic in the olive oil in a large frying pan for 30-40 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes and and the red wine. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and become thicker. Season with a little sea salt and black pepper and make sure to stir every few minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta until al denté. While the pasta is cooking, mix the ricotta, herbs, steamed spinach, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl until everything is combined. Spread a layer of half the tomato sauce in a medium baking dish. When the pasta is cooked drain and allow to cool in a colander. Spoon a heaped teaspoon amount of the ricotta mixture into each one of the pasta shells and place in the baking tray. When you have added all the stuffed pasta shells to the baking tray, cover with the remaining tomato sauce. Sprinkle over a handful of parmesan cheese and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese gets a nice colour.
Serve straight away with a crispy green salad.


Entry filed under: basil, cheese, garlic, herbs, main meal, oregano, parsley, pasta, red wine, ricotta, spinach, tomato sauce, tomatoes.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Melissa  |  March 23, 2009 at 11:19 am

    I made something like this not too long ago. Yours looks delicious!

  • 2. Stacey Snacks  |  March 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Donal,I haven’t made stuffed shells in years!This is a dish from my childhood.Everyone loves it!

  • 3. Nurit "1 family. friendly. food."  |  March 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Hi! first time here.These look soooo good.I made some before but they did not look THAT exciting. I should try again.

  • 4. The Food Hunter  |  March 23, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Those stuffed shells look so good. I love the idea of adding spinach to the stuffing mixture. You’re pictures are great.

  • 5. randomneses  |  March 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve been making a spinach and ricotta pasta for ages, and I’ve tried to stuff it in shells and other pastas and it hasn’t worked out well, but this recipe is giving me new ideas and new hope! I can’t wait to try this when I’m out of university for summer and back at home WITH A KITCHEN!

  • 6. zegliano  |  March 24, 2009 at 2:19 am

    that looks like a fabulous dinner – comfort food at it’s best. definitely going to try that one this week.http://lastbite.blogspot.com

  • 7. Claire  |  March 24, 2009 at 9:53 am

    This is exactly my kind of dish. I am adding it to my list of recipes I want to try section of my blog.

  • 8. aoife mc  |  March 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Yum Donal, this looks great. I’m going to try it tomorrow!

  • 9. Alice  |  October 16, 2009 at 4:43 am

    Whipped this out when I had a few of the girls round for dinner.
    Worked really well and tasted great.

    I had to substitute the shells with cannelloni as I couldn't find the right pasta anywhere but otherwise it worked fantastically.

    Two thumbs up.


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