Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nikkis Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Sooo very simple, and soo gooey and cheesy.. nom..nom..nom...

1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 (15oz) container Ricotta cheese
1 lb. ground beef
1 box jumbo shells
Parmesan cheese
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
Minced garlic / onion (add what you like)
Salt/Pepper to taste

Homemade tomato sauce*
Combine 1 lg. can diced tomatoes, cooked ground beef, 2 T. Italian seasoning, combine and simmer on stove while making pasta. (this is where I add my secret ingredient, not listed in this recipe.)

In large skillet, brown meat. Cook jumbo shells and rinse thoroughly until cool to touch. Combine ricotta, spinach, garlic, Parmesan and 1 c. mozzarella and mix thoroughly. Stuff shells. While boiling/stuffing pasta, make your sauce. Simmer burger & tomatoes. Cover bottom of pan with meat sauce arranging shells in single layer. Top with sauce, and Parmesan & remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake in 350 degrees oven until heated through, about 30 minutes. Serve w/ garlic bread.
Tip: I use a disposable pan. Easy clean-up!

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