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5 from 1 vote

Stuffed pasta shells

You will probably have sauce left over and it is delicious even with ordinary pasta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Pasta
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ricotta (if ricotta is really watery drain in sieve for an hour), 250 grams
  • 4 1/2 cups fresh spinach 150 grams, before cooked
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese , 40 grams
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese for topping 10 grams
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 24 large pasta shells
  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato puree 680 gram bottle
  • 1/2 in onion cut half
  • 1 carrot quartered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 26 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 grams
  • 2-3 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups water 345 grams
  • 1/4 cup whole cream 60 grams

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350° (180° celsius)
  • Start the sauce first, in a medium pot add olive oil, tomato puree, onion, carrot, water, salt and basil leaves (cut in half), stir and cook on medium heat, half covered till thickened, for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, once thickened add the cream, stir to combine and cook for about 1 minute, turn off heat.
  • Cook pasta shells in boiling salted water till al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While sauce is cooking, in boiling salted water (1 inch of water (2 1/2 centimeters) cook spinach till very tender, drain, and let cool, once the spinach is cool, squeeze out excess moisture, then finely chop the spinach. Place cut spinach in a medium size bowl, add ricotta, egg, pinch of salt and nutmeg and then the parmesan cheese, mix gently together.
  • In a medium size baking pan spread 1 1/2 to 2 ladles of sauce on the bottom, fill shells with ricotta mixture (I used about a heaping teaspoon and a bit per shell) and place in pan,( the mixture fills 24 shells and they fit perfectly in the pan, I used a an 11x7 " (28x18 cent.)). Top the shells with sauce, but don't cover completely, then sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese (or more or less, how desired), bake in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately and Enjoy!