Spinach and Ricotta Baked Shells

As I was going through my pile of recipes that I have ripped out of various magazines in an attempt to find something for dinner, I came across this one.

It is from the October 2010 issue of Real Simple magazine, listed under the “Weeknight Dinners” section.  I also found it on their website here.

They were right on with this being in the “Weeknight Dinners” category.  It is easy, and doesn’t take too much time – but it is also filling.

Ricotta Shells

The hardest part of this recipe (for me) was finding a pan that is “broiler proof.”  Apparently Pyrex is not broiler proof – it says so right on the bottom.  I was going to just use it because I didn’t really know what else to use, but then the husband informed me that it would probably crack with the high heat.  (Yes, there is a reason that it says “no broiler”) 😦 So, we ended up just using a metal brownie pan, and it worked just fine.

We used the exact amounts for all of the ingredients except the mozzarella cheese…..we love our cheese, so we definitely topped it off with more than 1/2 cup.

This was really good.  Delightfully easy, and tasty!  I had a side salad with mine, but garlic bread would be good as well.  You do have to kind of scrape the sauce up from the bottom to get sauce with your noodles, but as someone who doesn’t like a ton of sauce this was perfect for me.

Ease: A-, I only say that because you do have to cook and stuff the noodles, but really it isn’t anything difficult.
Taste: A+, I really liked this! You could easily add veggies or meat to them as well. Yum!

Would I make them again? Definitely.  I think these will be in our weeknight recipe rotation from now on. 🙂

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Another reason I love my job:  I get to go to New York City every year for a trade show!  I will be going in early February and am looking for restaurant recommendations.

Do you live in NYC? Where would you take a guest if they were in town?

Visited NYC many times and have a favorite restaurant that you always go to? I want to know!

Somewhere that you have always heard good things about, but never tried? That works too!

We are only there for a couple of days and there are SO many restaurants to choose from it is kind of overwhelming.  Italian, American, Thai, Seafood, I’m open to all options!  Help a girl out! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Spinach and Ricotta Baked Shells

  1. these look SO good… I have always wanted to make stuffed shells… perhaps I should try these!

    SO jealous you are going to NYC… one of my favorite places on earth!! 🙂

    • Its not hard at all! The ricotta cheese kind of holds everything in, so there is no spillage, just make sure you let the noodles cool after cooking them so that you don’t burn your fingers on hot noodles. 🙂

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