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Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells

 
One serving costs about $1.72

$1.72 per serving

2 people like this recipe

2 likes

This recipe is ready in 45 minutes

Ready in 45 minutes

8 side dish,lunch,main course,main dish,dinner
spoonacular Score:66%

Spoonacular Score: 66%

 

The recipe Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Shells can be made in around around 45 minutes. This recipe serves 8 and costs $1.72 per serving. One serving contains 304 calories, 14g of protein, and 22g of fat. Not a lot of people made this recipe, and 2 would say it hit the spot. This recipe from Foodista requires mexican cheese, basil, water, and eggs. It works well as a main course. Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a spoonacular score of 65%, which is pretty good. Similar recipes include Cheesy Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells, Cheesy Ricottan and Spinach Stuffed Shells, and Cheesy Stuffed Shells.

Ingredients

Servings:
16 jumbo
16 jumbo shells
shells
10 oz
10 oz cooked frozen spinach
cooked frozen spinach
0.5 cups
0.5 cups wheat germ
wheat germ
0.5 cups
0.5 cups shredded parmesan cheese
shredded parmesan cheese
0.5 cups
0.5 cups pecans
pecans
1 cup
1 cup shredded mexican cheese
shredded mexican cheese
2
2  diced green onions
diced green onions
some
some salt
salt
0.25 tsps
0.25 tsps dried basil
dried basil
2
2  eggs
eggs
0.33 cups
0.33 cups water
water
16 oz
16 oz alfredo sauce
alfredo sauce
28 oz
28 oz spaghetti sauce
spaghetti sauce
16 jumbo shells
16 jumbo
shells
10 oz cooked frozen spinach
10 oz
cooked frozen spinach
0.5 cups wheat germ
0.5 cups
wheat germ
0.5 cups shredded parmesan cheese
0.5 cups
shredded parmesan cheese
0.5 cups pecans
0.5 cups
pecans
1 cup shredded mexican cheese
1 cup
shredded mexican cheese
2  diced green onions
2
diced green onions
some salt
some
salt
0.25 tsps dried basil
0.25 tsps
dried basil
2  eggs
2
eggs
0.33 cups water
0.33 cups
water
16 oz alfredo sauce
16 oz
alfredo sauce
28 oz spaghetti sauce
28 oz
spaghetti sauce

Equipment

paper towels
paper towels
microwave
microwave
spatula
spatula
oven
oven
frying pan
frying pan
pot
pot
paper towels
paper towels
microwave
microwave
spatula
spatula
oven
oven
frying pan
frying pan
pot
pot


Instructions

Start by pre-boiling your jumbo shells in a large pot of boiling salted water. You only need to cook them for about 9 minutes. They'll finish cooking in the oven, later. After the 9 minutes, take them out and drain them face down on a paper towel. You don't want an excess water in the shell! While the noodles are cooking, work on your filling. Cook some frozen spinach in the microwave until it's no longer frozen. I'd recommend following the directions on the box, but don't add in any water. Once the spinach is cooked, add to the spinach, wheat germ, parmesan cheese, Mexican (the original recipe called for cheddar) shredded cheese, chopped pecans, and finely diced green onions. Mix until combined. Add in salt, a touch of pepper, and dried basil, to taste. I used about teaspoon of dried basil, but feel free to use as much as you like. The sisters also suggest adding nutmeg, to taste, if you like! Once the mixture is seasoned to your liking, add in two eggs and water and mix again until the eggs have been fully incorporated! Now stuff the mixture into each of the shells. You should have enough of the spinach filling to make about 16 - 20 shells. Set these aside. Take an 8 x 8 pan (you could also use a 9 x 13) and grease it with cooking spray. Now spread alfredo sauce on the bottom, you'll use about of a jar. Spread spaghetti sauce on top of that. Use a spatula to spread it evenly on the bottom of the pan. Top the sauces with the shells. Use the remaining sauce to top the shells. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, uncovered, for about 30 - 35 minutes or until the sauce is bubbly and serve!

Read the detailed instructions on Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.72
Ingredient
16 jumbos shells
10 ounces cooked frozen spinach
½ cups wheat germ
½ cups shredded parmesan cheese
½ cups pecans
1 cup shredded mexican cheese
2 diced green onions
¼ teaspoons dried basil
2 eggs
16 ounces alfredo sauce
28 ounces spaghetti sauce
Price
$0.03
$1.92
$0.35
$1.05
$1.54
$1.20
$0.16
$0.02
$0.48
$3.89
$3.12
$13.76

Tips

Health Tips

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

  • The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.

Price Tips

  • Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).

Cooking Tips

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

  • If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.

Green Tips

  • Did you know you can freeze shredded cheese? If you don't finish it up, don't throw it out!

  • Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
303 Calories
13g Protein
21g Total Fat
15g Carbs
24% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
303
15%

Fat
21g
33%

  Saturated Fat
8g
56%

Carbohydrates
15g
5%

  Sugar
5g
7%

Cholesterol
95mg
32%

Sodium
1166mg
51%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
13g
28%

Vitamin K
142µg
135%

Vitamin A
4819IU
96%

Manganese
1mg
81%

Phosphorus
252mg
25%

Calcium
241mg
24%

Selenium
16µg
23%

Folate
93µg
23%

Magnesium
76mg
19%

Vitamin B2
0.31mg
18%

Vitamin E
2mg
18%

Fiber
4g
17%

Potassium
586mg
17%

Vitamin B1
0.25mg
16%

Copper
0.32mg
16%

Zinc
2mg
16%

Vitamin B6
0.3mg
15%

Iron
2mg
15%

Vitamin C
9mg
12%

Vitamin B3
1mg
9%

Vitamin B5
0.8mg
8%

Vitamin B12
0.35µg
6%

Vitamin D
0.32µg
2%

covered percent of daily need

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