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Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

3 Ratings
3 Ratings
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Makes: 8 Servings
Total Cost: $$$$

Spinach, a mixture of low-fat cheeses, and herbs combine for a delicious filling in these stuffed shells.

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed (10 ounces)
  • 12 ounces cottage cheese, low-fat
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella, part skim shredded (save 1/2 cup for topping)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 jar light tomato basil pasta sauce, low-sodium (26 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces pasta shells, uncooked (large)

Directions

  1. Wash hands.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly coat a 13x9x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Drain spinach by placing in a sieve or colander over the sink, or in a bowl and pressing with a spool to remove as much liquid as possible, or squeeze out liquid with clean hands. Place spinach in medium bowl.
  4. Add the cottage cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, oregano, and pepper to the spinach. Stir to mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour half of the spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dish. Add water and stir into the mix.
  6. Spoon about 3 tablespoons cheese mixture into each uncooked pasta shell and arrange in a single layer over top.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce.
  8. Cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until shells are tender. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Try this recipe for a potluck or make-ahead dinner. If desired, refrigerate the ready-to-bake casserole.
  • To lower sodium, use reduced sodium spaghetti sauce.
Source:

Iowa State University Extension. Spend Smart. Eat Smart.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 cup, 1/8 of recipe (235g)
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 250
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 18 mg
Sodium 334 mg
Carbohydrates 29 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 7 g
Added Sugars included 1 g
Protein 16 g
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Calcium 268 mg
Iron 2 mg
Potassium 461 mg
N/A - data is not available
Nutrients Amount
Total Calories 250
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Linoleic Acid 1 g
α-Linolenic Acid 0.2 g
Omega 3 - EPA 0 mg
Omega 3 - DHA 0 mg
Cholesterol 18 mg
Carbohydrates 29 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Total Sugars 7 g
Added Sugars included 1 g
Protein 16 g
Minerals
Calcium 268 mg
Potassium 461 mg
Sodium 334 mg
Copper 201 mcg
Iron 2 mg
Magnesium 59 mg
Phosphorus 259 mg
Selenium 26 mcg
Zinc 1 mg
Vitamins
Vitamin A 238 mcg RAE
Vitamin B6 0.3 mg
Vitamin B12 0.7 mcg
Vitamin C 2 mg
Vitamin D 0 mcg
Vitamin E 3 mg
Vitamin K 162 mcg
Folate 121 mcg DFE
Thiamin 0.2 mg
Riboflavin 0.3 mg
Niacin 5 mg
Choline 33 mg
Note: only nutrients that are available will show on this display

MyPlate Food Groups

Vegetables 1/2 cups
Grains 1 ounces
Dairy 3/4 cups

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