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Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Caesar Salad

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells with Caesar Salad
PREP TIME
20 min
COOK TIME
35 min
YIELDS
4 servings
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Ingredients

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Pas

3 ½
oz oz or 100 g frozen chopped spinach
cup cup feta cheese
1
cup 1 cup ricotta cheese
½
cup cup cottage cheese
¼
cup cup parmesan cheese
½
mozzarella cheese
1 1
shallot, shredded or finely chopped
1 1
egg
1
tsp 1 tsp olive oil
24
large 24 large pasta shells (conchiglioni rigati)
Plastic wrap
Cooking spray
Prepared spinach-cheese mixture
24
oz 24 oz or 700 ml tomato-basil pasta sauce
1
heads 1 head of Romaine lettuce

Easy Caesar Dressing

3
Tbsp 3 tbsp gourmet Caesar salad dressing
3
Tbsp 3 tbsp lowest fat mayonnaise
Parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
Bacon bits (optional)
Croutons (optional)
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Directions

Step 1

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Step 2

In a medium bowl, combine thawed and drained spinach, feta cheese, ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, shallot, egg, and olive oil. Set aside in fridge.

Step 3

Add manicotti pasta shells to pot of boiling water. Set timer for 5 minutes- you just want them softened.

Step 4

Drain and rinse pasta in a colander under cold water.

Step 5

Spray 2 pieces of plastic wrap with cooking spray.

Step 6

Place drained pasta shells on one sheet of plastic wrap and cover with second piece of wrap.
When you arrive home…

Step 7

Stuff the cheese mixture into each shell with a small spoon, placing in a large baking pan, stuffed side up.

Step 8

Cover with pasta sauce.

Step 9

Tear lettuce in bite size pieces directly into salad spinner. Rinse and spin dry.

Step 10

Arrange lettuce on serving plates.

Step 11

Blend salad dressing with mayonnaise in a coffee mug and drizzle evenly over lettuce.

Step 12

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Add bacon bits and croutons if you like.

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