What’s For Dinner: Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells

One of my favorite pasta meals ever is Stuffed Pasta Shells.  (Although, after trying out that Scooter’s Spaghetti Recipe a few weeks back I’m not quite sure that anything will quite live up to that one . . . mmmmmm. . .)  I was looking for a slightly lightened up version of our regular Stuffed Shells though, and this one hit the spot!  They’re simple to make, yummy, and if you’re a Publix shopper there are some great prices on these items this week.  (You’ll feed EIGHT people for just $8, including main dish, salad & bread . . .WOW!)


I love that the calories are right at 500 calories per serving.  Add a side salad to round out your meal without adding too many extra calories, or if your family loves Garlic Bread you can add a little Cole’s for just $.49 this week.  The best part is that your meal won’t taste at all lightened up or penny pinched!





Spinach Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce adapted from Macaroni & Cheesecake 


Ingredients – For the Shells

  1. 12 oz Jumbo Shells Mueller’s Jumbo Shells BOGO $2.30
  2. 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese Sorrento Ricotta Cheese On Sale $3.50, use $1/1 Sorrento Ricotta Cheese, exp. 5/31/12 (SS 02/12/12)
  5. 2 cups 2% milk reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded $0.50/2 Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese Product printable stacked with $1/2 Kraft Cheese Item Target printable if considered  a competitor
  6. 1 egg
  7. 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained $0.60/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables, exp. 3/3/12 (GM 01/08/12)
  8. 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan $1/2 Kraft Cheese Item Target printable if considered a competitor
    stacked with $1/1, $0.55/1 Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, exp. 3/15/12 (SS 02/12/12)


Ingredients – For the Sauce

  1. 1 28 oz. can Spaghetti Sauce $1.50/2 Bertolli Pasta Sauces Target printable if considered a competitor
  2. 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning


  1. Boil water and cook shells according to package directions ~ about fifteen minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, add spaghetti sauce & 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning to sauce pan, simmer on low for about 10 minutes.  Preheat oven to 375.
  3. While pasta & sauce are cooking, mix together ricotta, egg, spinach, mozzarella, Italian Seasoning, parmesan, & salt & pepper.
  4. Once shells are cooked, you may rinse them in a little cold water to cool.  Cover bottom of baking dish lightly with pasta sauce mixture.
  5. Stuff shells with cheese, then place in baking dish.  Add remaining pasta sauce, and bake, covered for 40 minutes.
  6. Uncover and bake an additional 4 minutes.

Serve with . . .

$.50/1 Coles Garlic Bread (must register)

Fresh Express Salad Blends BOGO $1.99 at Publix

$1.50/2 Wish-Bone Salad Dressings Target printable if considered a competitor, Stack with $0.65/2, $0.50/1, $0.70/1 Wish-Bone Dressing, exp. 2/26/12 (RP 01/29/12)


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  1. So glad you enjoyed it! I’m actually making it this weekend so I’m so glad you posted about the coupons and sales!

  2. Jennifer B. says:

    If you have a favorite spaghetti sauce (we like Prego with Mushrooms), you don’t even need to season the sauce or heat it in a saucepan before stuffing the shells. It may add another minute or two to the heating/baking time, but really not much, especially from room temperature with a fresh unopened jar. And it saves dirtying another pan!!

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