Stuffed Shells with Spinach, Ricotta, and Cottage Cheese
1 pound jumbo pasta shells
1 (16 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
4 tablespoons water
1 pound cottage cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup chopped onion
6 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 cups pasta sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add shells and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 7 to 8 minutes; do not overcook. Drain and rinse shells with cold water.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place frozen spinach in a microwave-safe bowl and add water. Heat in the microwave for 4 minutes. Stir and allow to cool. Squeeze spinach dry and transfer to a large bowl.
Add cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, onion, egg, garlic, oregano, basil, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to the bowl with the spinach and mix well.
Pour and spread 1/2 to 3/4 cup pasta sauce evenly over the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. Fill each cooked pasta shell with spinach mixture and arrange, filled-side up, in the baking dish, keeping 1/2 inch between shells. Carefully pour remaining sauce on top of shells and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil.
Bake in the preheated oven until hot and bubbly, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.
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