Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stuffed Shells

  • 1 (12-ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup (3ounces) grated fresh Romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh or 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 16 turkey-pepperoni slices (such as Hormel), chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) carton fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 (15-ounce) carton whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 (26-ounce) jar fire-roasted tomato and garlic pasta sauce (such as classico, Berella) (any type would be to individual taste)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt added tomato sauce.
  • Basil sprigs (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook pasta shells according to package direction, omitting salt and fat; drain. rinse under cold water; drain and set aside. Set aside 32 pasta shells; reserve remaining pasta shells for another time.

3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and saute 5 minutes. Add spinach, and saute for 3 minutes.

4. Combine spinach mixture, Romano cheese, and next 7 ingredients; stir well. Spoon about 1 heaping tablespoon cheese mixture into each of 32 cooked shells. Combine pasta sauce and tomato sauce; stir well. Spoon 1/2 cup sauce into bottom of a 13x9 inch baking dish. Arrange stuffed shells over sauce in baking dish; spoon remaining sauce over shells. Cover; bake at 350 degrees fo 35 mnutes. Uncover; bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 5 mnutes before serving. Garnish with basil, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 4 stuffed shells).

Points 8

Per serving: Cal 400 (28% from fat)' PRO 26.1 g; FAT 12.4g (sat 6.6g); CARB 47.4g; FIB 4.1g; CHOL 49 mg; IRON 3.5mg; SOD 747mg; CALC 423mg.

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