Dinner

Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Shells-9 SmartPoints

This recipe is my daughters favorite. Every day she asks me what we’re having for dinner. Whenever I tell her stuffed shells it brings a smile right to her face. I can’t blame her. There’s pasta, cheese, sauce…yum!!! It’s a delicious Italian dish.

To help make this dish lighter I used low fat ricotta cheese instead of regular, and fat free shredded mozzarella instead of regular. The original recipe was 13 SmartPoints per serving. With the modifications I made it brought it down to 9 SmartPoints.

Stuffed Shells

Yield: 7 Servings (9 SmartPoints for 4 stuffed shells)

Ingredients:

  • 30 jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 cups Barilla traditional sauce (1 jar)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook pasta shells in boiling water with salt according to the instructions on the box. Drain and let them cool off a bit.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, chopped spinach, minced garlic and egg.
  4. In a 9×13 baking dish, spread 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce along the bottom.
  5. Stuff each shell with a spoonful of the cheese mixture, then place in the dish. Once all of the shells are done, pour the remaining spaghetti sauce on top of the shells.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.

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