Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Some people asked.....

I received some comments on my Spinach/artichoke stuffed shells  so I shall deliver..

1 (12-ounce) box jumbo pasta  shells
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 bag of baby spinach
1 (8 to 10-ounce) package frozen artichokes, thawed and coarsely chopped (or you can use canned)
1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
3/4 cup grated Asiago
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5 cups of marinara sauce (use your favorite)
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and partially cook until tender but still very firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta

Meanwhile, in a large heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and the garlic and cook until the onions are soft and starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the ground turkey, salt and pepper to taste and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is slightly golden and cooked through. Add the artichoke hearts and half the bag of spinach, stir to combine. Wait till that half of spinach wilts down then add the other half. (this will prevent overflowing of pan, if you have a deep pot add the whole bag at once)  Remove from heat and let cool.

In a large bowl combine the cooled turkey mixture with the ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, Asiago cheese and eggs, Stir to combine
To stuff the shells, cover the bottom of a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 cup of  sauce. Take a shell in the palm of your hand and stuff it with a large spoonful of turkey mixture, about 2 tablespoons. Place the stuffed shell in the baking dish. Continue filling the shells until the baking dish is full, about 24 shells. Drizzle the remaining Sauce over the shells, top with the grated Asiago (or Mozzarella if thats what you like). If freezing, cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for 1 day and up to 1 month.

To bake, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake until the shells are warmed through and the cheese is beginning to brown, about 60 minutes (20 minutes if shells are unfrozen.) 
Let me know how they come out if anyone makes them.
Believe me theres nothing better to me than comfort food made Healthy ........

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