Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Last week I decided to try out my spinach & cheese filling on Jumbo pasta shells.  It’s basically the same recipe I use for my Yummy Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls, but I used Ricotta Cheese instead of cottage cheese.

The stuffed shells go great with garlic bread or garlic knots.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

10 Jumbo Pasta Shells
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach – thawed
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 1/2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan Cheese
1 tbls. garlic powder
1 tsp. crushed red peppers
1/2 bottle of Pasta Sauce any flavor

Directions:

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Cook Pasta Shells according to the box directions.  Drain and place on clean surface.

Drain thawed spinach – squeeze as much as the water out

Add Ricotta Cheese, 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Powder and Crushed pepper to spinach.  Mix well.

Separate spinach mixture into 10 equal portions.

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Carefully spoon each portion into each shell

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Place stuffed shells into an oven proof baking dish

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Pour Pasta Sauce over shells; sprinkle with remaining Mozzarella Cheese

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells

Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Don’t over cook the shell edges will become hard.

Serve hot with garlic bread or garlic knots.

Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells
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Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Pasta Shells
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Servings 30 Minutes
Cook Time
25 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Servings
Instructions
  1. Cook Pasta Shells according to the box directions. Drain and place on clean surface.
  2. Drain thawed spinach - squeeze as much as the water out
  3. Add Ricotta Cheese, 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Garlic Powder and Crushed pepper to spinach. Mix well.
  4. Separate spinach mixture into 10 equal portions.
  5. Carefully spoon each portion into each shell
  6. Place stuffed shells into an oven proof baking dish
  7. Pour Pasta Sauce over shells; sprinkle with remaining Mozzarella Cheese
  8. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Don't over cook the shell edges will become hard.
  9. Serve hot with garlic bread or garlic knots.
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Super Easy Garlic Knots

Super Easy Garlic Knots

Super Easy Garlic Knots

Nothing smells homier than fresh baked bread. My family loves these Garlic Knots.  They go well with any pasta dish, barbecues, or even as just snacks.

Best of all they are so easy to make and use just 4 ingredients.

I usually take out the frozen dough in the morning before I leave for work.  It thaws and rises while I’m gone and is ready when I get home about 8 hours later.

Bridgeford frozen dough usually comes in a pack of 3 loaves.  Each loaf makes 12 garlic knots.  You might consider making more than a loaf at a time.  They disappear quickly as soon as they come out of the oven!

Ingredients:

1 loaf Bridgeford Frozen bread dough
1/2 stick butter
1 tbls. garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Thaw frozen bread dough on a clean and slightly oiled surface.

Let dough rise at least 6 hours

Cut risen dough into 12 strips with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. End strips will be a bit shorter, but that’s okay.

Super Easy Garlic Knots

Tie each strip into a “knot”.  You can stretch out the shorter end strips so you can tie them into a knot.  Knots don’t have to look perfect.

Place each knot on to a parchment covered baking sheet.

Super Easy Garlic Knots

Melt butter and stir in garlic powder.

Brush garlic butter on each dough knot.

Sprinkle each knot with Parmesan Cheese

Super Easy Garlic Knots
Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.  Serve fresh and warm with your favorite pasta dish!  It goes great with my Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls!
You may find it easier to make these knots using Bridgeford Frozen Dough Rolls.  Same steps without having to cut dough into strips.
Spinach & Cheese Pasta Rolls
Enjoy!
Super Easy Garlic Knots
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Servings Prep Time
12 Knots 25 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Knots 25 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Super Easy Garlic Knots
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Servings Prep Time
12 Knots 25 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 Knots 25 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Knots
Instructions
  1. Thaw frozen bread dough on a clean and slightly oiled surface.
  2. Let dough rise at least 6 hours
  3. Cut risen dough into 12 strips with a sharp knife or pizza cutter. End strips will be a bit shorter, but that's okay.
  4. Tie each strip into a "knot". You can stretch out the shorter end strips so you can tie them into a knot. Knots don't have to look perfect.
  5. Place each knot on to a parchment covered baking sheet.
  6. Melt butter and stir in garlic powder.
  7. Brush garlic butter on each dough knot.
  8. Sprinkle each knot with Parmesan Cheese
  9. Bake in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Serve fresh and warm with your favorite pasta dish!
Recipe Notes

You may find it easier to make these knots using Bridgeford Frozen Dough Rolls. Same steps without having to cut dough into strips.

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Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies

Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies

Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies

Here’s a quick and easy recipe you use to make appetizers or even a light lunch or dinner.  It’s a great way to use left over rotisserie chicken from Sam’s Club or Costco.

I make it as an appetizer for our Sunday night barbecues, my family loves them!

Ingredients:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, thawed (I use the Pepperidge Farms brand, it comes in a package of 2, I keep the other sheet frozen for later use)

10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, drained very well; squeeze as much water from spinach

1/2 cup cooked chicken breast, diced

1/2 cup shaved or shredded fresh parmesan cheese

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. sea salt

2 eggs

Directions:

Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies

1.  Combine spinach, chicken, cheeses, salt, and 1 egg (slightly beaten) in a bowl. Mix well.

2.  Roll dough out on floured surface.  Roll to 1/2″ thick.  Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut evenly lengthwise 2 times and across 2 times, you should end up with 9 squares.

3.  Divide chicken/spinach mixture evenly on the dough squares.

4.  Fold alternate sides to the middle, pinch close.

5.  Fold other sides to the middle, pinch close.

6.  Place pies on to parchment covered baking sheet.

7.  Beat remaining egg and brush over each pastry pie.

8.  Bake at 375 degrees until pastry is golden brown; about 15 minutes.

Serve hot or cold, they are great either way!

Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies
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Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Chicken Spinach Puff Pastry Pies
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 Pies 30 Minutes
Cook Time
15 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Pies
Instructions
  1. Combine spinach, chicken, cheeses, salt, and 1 egg (slightly beaten) in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Roll dough out on floured surface. Roll to 1/2" thick. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut evenly lengthwise 2 times and across 2 times, you should end up with 9 squares.
  3. Divide chicken/spinach mixture evenly on the dough squares.
  4. Fold alternate sides to the middle, pinch close.
  5. Fold other sides to the middle, pinch close.
  6. Place pies on to parchment covered baking sheet.
  7. Beat remaining egg and brush over each pastry pie.
  8. Bake at 375 degrees until pastry is golden brown; about 15 minutes.
  9. Serve hot or cold, they are great either way!
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