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Spinach & Stuffed Shells

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Spinach & Stuffed Shells

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta, spinach, stuffed shells, vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 432kcal


  • 4 servings pasta shells, jumbo
  • 2 1/2 cup spaghetti or marinara sauce
  • 1/2 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cup (not packed) cottage cheese, lowfat
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • 4 cup spinach
  • 1 cup, sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup, chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoon poppy seed dressing, light


  • Cook pasta shells according to package directions.  While they boil, preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 9X13 inch baking dish by spreading 1/2 cup of marinara sauce on bottom. Set aside.
  • Chop cauliflower into tiny pieces; even better, place the florets into a food processor and rice it. Place chopped cauliflower in a microwave-safe bowl; add a 1/4 cup of water and cover loosely.  Steam in the microwave until it becomes softer.  Drain liquid and toss cauliflower into a large mixing bowl.  
  • Mince garlic, add to cauliflower.  Add egg, mozzarella (about 1/2 cups) and cottage cheese; season with salt and pepper. 
  • Place shells into baking dish; fill each with cheese mixture; top with remaining marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. 
  • Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly.  
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Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1483mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 21g

Natalie Monson

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