Not many times have I made 'stuffed' pasta...for the time it takes and for it's 'heaviness'.It can be a pretty heavy meal mind you! But instead of just stuffing the pasta with cheese, I used a lotttt of Spinach and mushrooms and a 'Skim' Ricotta cheese. The deal wasn't bad at all...in fact it was DELICIOUSSSSS and pretty looking!!!!
Ingredients:(Makes about 6-8 servings)
1 12oz pkg of Jumbo Pasta shells
1 15oz Skim Ricotta cheese
3/4-1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella)
3 cups chopped spinach
1cup chopped mushrooms
1tsp minced garlic
1tbsp chopped onion
1 cup crushed tomatoes (saute chopped tomatoes till cooked)
2tsp olive oil
Red Pepper flakes
1) Saute chopped spinach,1/2tsp garlic and mushrooms in little oil. Saute till all water evaporates.Add salt and red pepper flakes.Drain if necessary and keep aside and cool.The water can be used in soups or the marinara sauce.
3) In the sauteed spinach mixture add the ricotta cheese, Italian seasoning and some salt.Mix.
4) Cook the Pasta shells as per packet directions.Drain and let cool a little.
5) Stuff the shells with spoonful of spinach-ricotta mixture.