Monday, December 12, 2011

Chicken, Spinach, and Mushroom Stuffed Shells

This past weekend my Dad was visiting us and we celebrated Christmas early together. We always make time to cook a new recipe together and we made this delicious stuffed shells recipe for dinner on Saturday night. I was given this recipe by a co-worker a few years ago and have had it tucked away in my recipe binder just waiting for a cold night to make this delicious comfort food! Since I don't have the link for the recipe, I will post the ingredients and directions below. I made this dish using my Rachael Ray Lasagna Lover that my mom gave me for Christmas a few years ago. I love using this dish for anything that needs baked in the oven (lasagna, pasta bakes, stuffed chicken, etc). If you need a great pan to add to your kitchen, this Lasagna Lover is fantastic! Here is the recipe:

  • 8 oz. of white mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion, diced
  • 1/2 bag of fresh spinach, sliced thin
  • olive oil for cooking
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, shredded
  • kosher salt and cracked black pepper (for seasoning)
  • 1 tablespoon of italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 small tub of ricotta cheese
  • 1 box of jumbo pasta shells, cooked
  • 1 jar of alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • cook pasta shells as directed (leave al dente - they will cook more in the oven)
  • boil chicken breasts until cooked through, cool chicken and then shred
  • in a saute pan, saute the mushrooms, onions, garlic, and spinach in oil oil until cooked through
  • place the veggie mixture in a large bowl and add shredded chicken to bowl
  • add the spices/seasonings to the bowl and mix through
  • add ricotta cheese to the bowl and toss to combine
  • fill cooked pasta shells with filling and place in greased 13 by 9 inch baking pan
  • once baking pan is full of stuffed shells, pour alfredo sauce over the top of the filled shells
  • top with shredded mozzarella cheese
  • bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes
Hope you make some comfort food for your family soon and this recipe is super easy to make and really tasty! Enjoy!

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