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Ricotta and Spinach Stuffed Shells

  • Author: Stacey Roberts | Veggie Mama
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian


A garlicky cheese mix stuffed into shells, and baked on a delicious tomato sauce. Ricotta and spinach stuffed shells is such an easy weeknight dinner!



  • 2025 Large dry pasta shells
  • 1 Medium bunch greens – spinach, kale, silverbeet, whatever’s going (shredded)
  • 250g ricotta (just over a cup, but feel free to play around with ratios to your liking)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup tasty cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or about 1/4 cup fresh
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (440g)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 splash red wine
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 200C/350F.
  2. Bring a large pot full of salted water to a boil. Add the dry pasta shells and cook for about 5-6 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a small saucepan, add all the sauce ingredients and simmer on low – the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, wine.
  4. In a large bowl, add together the greens, ricotta, garlic, tasty cheese, basil, and season with salt and pepper. Feel free to wilt the stronger greens first if you like – kale and silverbeet, for example, in a pot with a little water.
  5. In a large baking dish, spread out your warmed sauce ingredients (test for seasoning first!).
  6. Place all the shells in one layer on top of the sauce – it’s ok to crowd them in, go on! It’s a party, after all.
  7. Place spoonfuls of the ricotta mixture into each of the shells. If it looks a bit stingy, add a bit more ricotta to each, but you’ll be surprised how much they hold.
  8. Bake just until everything is hot and sauce is starting to bubble.

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