Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Shells

Featured Writer: Lyuba Brooke
Italian food is the perfect comfort food. You can’t go wrong
with pasta, tomato sauce and cheese. Stuffed shells is one of those
perfect meals that your whole family will love. I love cooking Italian
food; it is always my go to cuisine when I need something delicious for a nice
family evening. Last time I wanted to make stuffed shells, I
experimented with some flavors. I really wanted to add some spinach but I knew
that my carnivore hubby would whine. My brilliant idea was to add bacon pieces
too. These shells turned out very good and the flavor combination was just right.

Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Shells
Makes 12 stuffed shells

Ingredients: 

12-14 pasta shells (you need 12 but cook a couple extra just in case some break)

8 oz frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed

5-6 slices of bacon, crispy and broken in pieces

8 oz Ricotta cheese

1 tbs minced fresh Parsley

1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, to mix in

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, for topping

1 1/2 cups (2 if you like it saucy) of Marinara sauce

Salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

1.  Cook the pasta shells according to the package, drain and set aside. (rinsing with cold water will help to keep the shells from sticking to each other)

2. Preheat the oven to 350.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, spinach, bacon pieces, parsley, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper. Mix until evenly incorporated.

4. Spread 1/2 cup of Marinara sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish. (I used 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 size casserole dish)

5. Carefully stuff the shells with the spinach/cheese mixture. Lay the shells in the casserole dish. It will fit 12.

6. Spread the remaining Marinara sauce over the shells. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese.

7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Enjoy!!

LyubaLyuba Brooke is an author and creator of Will Cook For Smiles. She enjoys coming up with new creations for her husband and son and hearing all the yummy noise while they eat! She loves sharing all her recipes and especially loves knowing that they are being used.

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15 Responses to “Spinach and Bacon Stuffed Shells”

  1. Anonymous
    May 29, 2012 at 10:23 am #

    Wow, so easy but it has that I have been in the kitchen all day look to it. Gotta love those meals!
    Amber

  2. May 30, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Thanks! my garden is producing spinach and I needed an idea for dinner! Perfect timing…
    Visiting from Growing Home.

    • May 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      JoAnne, Yay, so glad we could help out. Spinach, that’s such a great thing to grow. I will have to look into if it’s an easy thing to grow.

  3. May 30, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Yum… I love stuffed shells!

    • May 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Hollie,
      I agree! I do need to figure out how not to overcook them so that they don’t fall apart when I am stuffing them.

  4. June 1, 2012 at 7:03 am #

    I never thought of putting bacon in stuffed shells… my kids will love this. Please share your recipe on foodie friday today.

  5. June 1, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    Wow…yummy!!

  6. June 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    these sound fantastic! I love bacon and spinach!

  7. June 2, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    This looks so good! I have been looking for a recipe like this but didn’t know where to start. I will make this soon for sure!

    Please feel free to pop by my blog and link up this post to my weekly Say G’Day Saturday linky Party if you have a minute to spare-I would be honoured!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
    http://www.natashainoz.com/2012/06/say-gday-saturday-best-choc-chip-cookie.html

  8. June 3, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    This looks delish! Thank you for sharing it at WJIM.

  9. June 5, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    I make spinach stuffed shells but never with bacon… I must give this a try stat.

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