Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

These are great stuffed shells they have great flavor and are liked by all. It was a bit time intensive to prepare, but if you made the filling ahead of time it goes much faster. I also used a zip-lock gallon bag with a snipped corner to put my filling in. Much easier!! I love meals like this that are great to be frozen and eaten whenever.

This recipe makes two 9x13 pans perfect for sharing one with a sick friend or neighbor, or someone who just had a baby. In our house this is one of our favorite things to do. when ever my son parker sees me making something big or treats of any kind he asks if someone have a baby, or if someone is sick, or died.... It is cute, but I am mainly glad I am teaching him that it is good to serve and share with others. I always make it a point to take him with me when I can to help deliver the food so he can experience the feelings of service too.
Nothing warms the soul like a delicious meal made by someone thinking of them!

44 uncooked jumbo pasta shells (That’s about one and one-half 12-oz boxes)
2 c chopped cooked chicken
2 c fresh chopped spinach
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15oz) container ricotta cheese
2 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 (5oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese (about 1 2/3 c.)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 Tb dried parsley flakes
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 c shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (26oz) jar prepared spaghetti sauce (any variety)

Cook shells according to package directions (be sure to stir every once in awhile so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan and tear apart); drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease 2 13x9x2inch baking dishes.
In a large bowl, combine chicken and all the rest of the ingredients except mozzarella and spaghetti sauce. Stir in 1 cup mozzarella. Spoon into shells. Spread half of spaghetti sauce into prepared baking dishes. Arrange shells over sauce; top with remaining sauce. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella. Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes.
Makes 8-10 servings.

Source: Sisters cafe
I forgot to take a picture before we dug in but this is what it looked like from here

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