spinach ham and cheese stuffed shells

Creamy Spinach Ham and Cheese Stuffed Shells

There are a lot of variations on stuffed shells, manicotti, etc. I have yet to see one that involves ham though. I’m pretty excited to see such a unique recipe. It’s like a ham and cheese omelet, but it’s spinach ham and cheese stuffed shells.

If you’re feeding a lot of people, shells, manicotti, etc. are always a great option.

These spinach ham and cheese stuffed shells look like a delicious meal. It’s a great way to use up that Thanksgiving and Christmas ham. I don’t know about you all, but we always have a bunch of leftovers. We love food, but we eat like birds. I think we’re all too afraid of gaining weight. We’re a family of active ladies. What can I say?

Thanks to Brianne at Cupcakes and Kale Chips for this great recipe!

Creamy Spinach Ham and Cheese Stuffed Shells
Serves 8
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For the sauce
  1. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 28 oz of crushed tomatoes
  5. ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  6. ¼ tsp. ground pepper
  7. 2 tbsp. of Italian seasoning
For the shells
  1. 24 jumbo pasta shells
  2. 8 oz of spinach, chopped
  3. ¾ cup of diced ham
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. ¼ tsp. of ground pepper
  6. 1 cup of part-skim ricotta cheese
  7. ½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
To prepare the sauce
  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and and cook. stirring for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Set aside.
To prepare the shells
  1. Cook shells in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Don't cook all the way. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ricotta, ham, garlic, spinach, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper together and set aside.
  3. Reserve half of the sauce and pour the rest into a 13x9 baking dish.
  4. Stuff each shell with a heaping tbsp. of the cheese mixture and line them up side by side in the pan.
  5. Pour the remaining sauce over the shells. Spray a piece of tinfoil with non-stick spray, cover and cook on the upper rack of the grill for 20 minutes. Serving size: 3 shells.
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