EatingWell


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Serving size 6
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Ingredients

24 jumbo pasta shells (8 ounce)1 ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil2 onion, finely chopped2 lb fresh spinach, trimmed and washed, or two 10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese⅔ cup plain dry breadcrumbs½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided¼ tsp ground nutmeg⅛ tsp salt freshly ground pepper to taste1 large egg white, lightly beaten3 cup prepared marinara sauce, preferably low-sodium

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook shells in a large pot of boiling water, stirring often, until just tender, about 15 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. If using fresh spinach, add it in batches and toss with tongs until wilted. Drain in a colander, pressing out excess moisture with the back of a spoon. Let cool. If using thawed frozen, add it to the onions and toss to mix well. Set aside.

3. Combine ricotta, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup Parmesan and nutmeg in a bowl; mix well. Add the reserved spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir in egg white.

4. Stuff each of the reserved shells with a generous 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture. Spread 1 cup marinara sauce in the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Arrange the stuffed shells in a single layer. Top with the remaining 2 cups of the sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake until the top is golden and the shells are heated through, about 30 minutes. (If the top browns too quickly, tent loosely with foil.) Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 6 Total

  • Calories 438
  • Calories from fat 108
  • Total Fat 12gm 18%
  • Saturated Fat 6gm 30%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 4gm
  • Sodium 574mg 24%
  • Total Carbohydrates 59gm 20%
  • Fiber 7gm 7%
  • Protein 25gm
  • Cholesterol 32mg 11%
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Dinner, Healthy, Cheese, Pasta, Spinach, Italian, Mediterranean, Easy, Entertaining

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