Hearty Stuffed Shells

Cook time: 30 Min Prep time: 25 Min Serves: 6

Ingredients:

18 jumbo pasts shells
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 oz fresh baby spinach
24 oz pasta sauce
1/2 c whole milk ricotta cheese
1/4 c small curd cottage cheese
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 c parmesan cheese
4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

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Directions:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a good pinch of salt and the shells and cook according to pkg. directions. Drain, rinse to cool, and set aside. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain the grease, stir in the onion and cook for 5-6 minutes till tender, stir in the garlic and spinach. Cook until spinach has wilted and add in all but 1 C. of the pasta sauce. Remove from heat.
2. In a bowl, stir together the ricotta, cottage cheese, egg and parmesan cheese.
3. Spread the remaining cup of pasta sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Take each shell and fill with 1 T. of the ricotta mixture, then a good spoonful of the meat mixture, place in the casserole dish, repeat with remaining shells. Top with the mozzarella cheese and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly. 3 stuffed shells per serving.

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