Ricotta Stuffed Shells w/ Spinach and Ground Turkey (Feeds: 4)

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Stuffed shells have always been my favorite italian meal growing up! My mom would make these for me all the time and still do. Once I got older and started cooking, I began to put my own spin on stuffed shells and they turned out amazing!!!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz of jumbo pasta shells

  • 1 lb of ground turkey

  • 15 oz of ricotta cheese

  • 1 jar of of your favorite spaghetti sauce

  • 1 6 oz. can of tomato sauce

  • Olive oil

  • 2 cups of shredded mozzeralla cheese or italian blend

  • 1 bag of fresh spinach (rinsed well)

  • 1 onion (diced)

  • Onion powder

  • Garlic powder

  • Italian seasoning

  • 2 tbsp of minced garlic or 4 cloves of garlic (grated or minced)

  • Black pepper

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 tsp of sugar.

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  • Season meat well with kosher salt, black pepper, 1 tbsp of garlic, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Instructions:

  1. Bring pot to a boil, add in salt and oil, add pasta. I prefer boiling my noodles in chicken broth.

  2. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoon of olive oil, once hot, add 1 tbsp garlic and half of the diced onion, and sauté until fragrant but not browned.

  3. Add spinach and cook, occasionally stirring, until the leaves begin to wilt but are still bright green for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

  4. Add oil to a skillet on medium-high heat. Add in ground turkey or ground beef, the remaining onions and garlic and cook meat until brown.

  5. In a large bowl, add in ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, 1 tsp of sugar, and all the seasoning listed above. Season to your liking. Mix well.

  6. Add in spinach and ground turkey. Mix well.

  7. Scoop mixture on to a tablespoon and stuff pasta shells to the top.

  8. Place all pasta shells onto the baking dish.

  9. Take your choice of jar spaghetti sauce and add in garlic powder, onion powder, italian seasoning, and kosher salt. Mix in jar. Add sugar if necessary to remove some of the bitterness.

  10. Pour the spaghetti sauce on top of all the shells.

  11. Cover with foil, place in oven. Bake for 25 min.

  12. Take out the oven and add shredded cheese on top. Sprinkle with italian seasoning or herb seasoning and black pepper.

  13. Place back in oven for 10 more minutes, uncovered.

  14. Serve immediately with salad and garlic bread!

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe! You can use this as a base to stuff your shells with whatever you like! I sometimes replace my ground turkey with shrimp & add my homemade alfredo sauce on top (alfredo sauce recipe coming soon). I sometimes replace the spinach with sautéed zucchini and squash or some people prefer to use bell peppers. This dish is definitely a hit for everyone I make it for! Enjoy!!!! Like this post, share on your social media, & subscribe so you don’t miss an update. Don’t forget to tag me on social media if you make this dish! Thanks guys!!!